The events of the past week will be remembered for their historic value in the American LGBT fight for equality.
After nearly 20 years on the books, the military’s standard policy regarding the service of gays and lesbians has been repealed, and is expected to be signed by President Obama within the week.
The Sorority applauds the efforts of The President to keep his pledge to commit to ensuring DADT’s repeal. We also proudly honor Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Ct.) for spear-heading the effort.
Proponents of the DADT repeal stood strong on principle and pushed the measure through with a 65-31 vote. A shining example of their commitment is Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Or.), who made it in to vote on the measure, despite being scheduled for pre-surgery testing for prostate cancer on Monday.
As the floor opened for debate, Sen. Wyden stated: “I don’t care who you love. If you love this country enough to risk your life for it, you shouldn’t have to hide who you are.”
The ladies of Kappa Theta Epsilon wholeheartedly agree.
About Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
This Clinton-Era legislation, enacted in 1993, made remaining closeted a compulsory part of military service by LGBT soldiers.
After a 17 year struggle, and the court marshal & discharge of many otherwise honorable servicemen and women, our community has triumphed in overcoming this barrier to honesty and transparency in professional life.