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  •  WE did it! (16+ / 0-)

    WE all played a big part in the repeal.  All of our efforts through the years.  I am grateful to us and the President.

    February 2010:

    AMMAN, Jordan — Navy Adm. Michael Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was nearing the end of a 25-minute question and answer session with troops serving here when he raised a topic of his own: "No one's asked me about 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,'" he said.

    May:  Thank you Meteor Blades:

    The people pictured below, SSgt. David Hall, Chief Hospital Corpsman Brian K. Humbles, Sgt. Tracey L. Cooper-Harris and Petty Officer Jason Daniel Knight all have something in common. They're living examples of how "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has harmed thousands of Americans as well as the preparedness of the U.S. armed forces. They've each had their stories highlighted in searing Daily Kos diaries written by equality crusader Clarknt67.

    Jed Lewison: June 2009

    Yesterday, President Obama held a reception in the Whitehouse to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Stonewall, the beginning of the modern gay rights movement. One story in particular from that reception was especially poignant:

    Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, an Air Force officer who is facing expulsion proceedings after someone informed his superiors that he is gay, attended the reception as a guest of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, which is challenging the policy. Colonel Fehrenbach said he introduced himself to the president after Mr. Obama spoke.

    "I explained that I’m being thrown out as we speak, and that there was a sense of urgency for me," Colonel Fehrenbach said. "He looked me in the eye and he said, ‘We’re going to get this done.’ "

    Thank you all.  The next two years is going to be rough and divisive.  You should all be proud of our accomplishments these past two years.  Thank you all.

    So, don't apologize.  We are all in this together.

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