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It's not polite to say "I told you so," I guess, but we did tell them so, and told them, and told them...

After years of listening to right-wing know-it-alls like John McCain predicting dire consequences if gay soldiers and Marines were allowed to serve openly in the military, those of us who said all along that repealing DADT wouldn't harm unit cohesion have once again been proven right.

Military leaders and gay and lesbian service members say the year that has passed since the repeal took effect has been remarkable for what hasn’t happened. Recruitment and retention have not fallen off as some opponents of the repeal predicted they would. Harassment of homosexual troops has not significantly increased. Unit cohesion has not suffered.

In fact, some veterans who left the military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” have rejoined. And some active-duty soldiers say cohesion has improved in their units, because people no longer have to completely guard their personal lives.

So, just as we all predicted, the military has not only survived the lifting of the ban, but it continues to thrive without it.
“Basically, there’s been no change in the way we do business,” says Troy Rolan, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon. “All our soldiers, they’re soldiers – regardless of who or what they are. They’re professionals. They do what they need to do to make sure everybody’s taken care of.”

Sgt. Maj. Carlos Gomez, a 25-year Army veteran and command sergeant major for the 1st Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Bragg, was with his troops in Iraq when the ban was lifted.

“No problems at all,” Gomez says. “It just seemed like there was not even a bump in the road.”

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Of course, there are still Chicken Littles aplenty who believe the dire consequences are still just over the horizon.
Elaine Donnelly, president of the Michigan-based Center for Military Readiness, which opposes allowing gays to serve in the military, insists the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has caused problems. A same-sex commitment ceremony this summer at a chapel on Fort Polk, La., was “extremely divisive in that community,” she said.

The effect of the repeal on recruitment and retention has been masked by the down economy, Donnelly said, as people choose to stay in the military because they can’t easily find other jobs. The real effects, she said, “may not be visible for several years.”

Yea, you just keep telling yourself that, Elaine.

My question is when are all these doomsayers like McCain going to finally apologize or at least acknowledge the wrongness of their position? I guess the answer to that is when the sky itself actually does fall.

Here's McCain being an asshat on the issue.

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  •  But, but, but....teh GAYS! (3+ / 0-)
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    craigkg, splashy, Calamity Jean

    I'm reminded of an old (maybe 10 years?) TV show about a football team. When the All-Pro tight end is outed as gay, he makes a speech to the team that, as I recall, included a line like 'and what makes you think I'd be attracted to YOU, anyway?'

    Although I take your point, I've lived in Louisiana and been to the north-west corner where Ft. Polk is, and I can believe that a gay marriage - which will NEVER occur outside the gates of a military installation in that area - would be a cause for upset in the civilian community.

    Having said that, why should our brave soldiers be forced to live according to antiquated and/or bigoted beliefs just because they are stationed in that area?

    I'm willing to bet that this same sort of thing happened outside military bases in the south when the Army became integrated.


    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 10:03:08 AM PDT

    •  You're thinking of Corey Johnson, I think (0+ / 0-)

      Corey Johnson Comes Out:

      Then he told his football coach, Jim Pugh, who also teaches special education, and told him he wanted to tell his teammates. Pugh, too, was supportive and agreed.

      With the cooperation of the administration, Pugh arranged to get his junior classmates on the team together the next day, April 8. With the season long over, they were puzzled about why a meeting was being held.

      Johnson didn't pull any punches: "I stood up in front of the team and said, ‘Guys, I called this meeting because I have something I really want to tell all of you. And I hope you'll be supportive. ... The reason I'm telling you all is because I don't want you hearing it from somebody else. I'm coming out as an openly gay man.' Their jaws dropped, their eyes bulged. I said, ‘I'm still the same person I've always have been. ...I hope this won't change anything.'"

      He suspected illogical fears by now were racing through their heads, so he told them: "I didn't come on to you in the locker room last year. I'm not going to do it this year. Who says you guys are good enough anyway?"

      That broke the tension. As the meeting drew to a close, some teammates said what was on their minds. One said, "I'm glad you told us. I'd like to be supportive of you in any way possible." Another said, "Even if others on the team don't agree with you being gay, in order to be cohesive team, they just have accept it and put it aside."

      It is hard to believe that was 12(!!!) years ago. Corey has still been active in LGBT issues including being on Andy Towle's blogging team over at Towleroad. Earlier this year he threw his hat into the race to succeed Christine Quinn on the New York City Council. (Quinn, who is term limited, is the council Speaker and plans to run for mayor. She hopes that NYC will supplant Houston as the the largest city in the U.S. with an openly LGBT mayor.)

      "Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." --Coretta Scott King

      by craigkg on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 01:16:01 PM PDT

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  •  Elaine Donnelly... (4+ / 0-)
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    kerplunk, craigkg, trumpeter, a2nite one of the wingier nuts around. She's obsessed with homo servicemembers.

    There are, in every age, new errors to be rectified, and new prejudices to be opposed. ~Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

    by slksfca on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 10:33:05 AM PDT

  •  Sadly, it's still the case that transgender... (2+ / 0-)
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    Renee, craigkg

    ...people cannot serve.

  •  If only the conservatives LEARNED from their (1+ / 0-)
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    Poverty = politics.

    by Renee on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 10:44:01 AM PDT

  •  But Bob Dole Is Still Checking Under His Bed (0+ / 0-)

    to make sure no homosexual is under there.

    The Republican Party is Simply a Coalition of Greed and Hate

    by kerplunk on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 10:59:04 AM PDT

  •  A Hero In Repealing DADT (1+ / 0-)
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    and for standing up for gays and lesbians, he lost his House seat.

    He needs to be back in the congress, instead America has a bunch of teabaggers.

    Patrick Murphy

    The Republican Party is Simply a Coalition of Greed and Hate

    by kerplunk on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 11:08:09 AM PDT

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