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Don’t Ask Don’t Tell se acabó

18 December, 2010

La tumba de Leonard Matlovich, veterano de guerra y activista gay

Por fin.

El Senado de Estados Unidos ha votado 65-31 para eliminar la política militar que prohibía a los gays y lesbianas servir abiertamente. Después de 17 años, millones de americanos tendrán la oportunidad de servir en  las fuerzas armadas libremente, sin miedo de demostrar que aman a alguien del mismo sexo.

Aquí la reacción de Andrew Sullivan.

Y la declaración del Presidente Obama sobre el voto histórico:

Today, the Senate has taken an historic step toward ending a policy that undermines our national security while violating the very ideals that our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives to defend.

By ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, no longer will our nation be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans forced to leave the military, despite years of exemplary performance, because they happen to be gay. And no longer will many thousands more be asked to live a lie in order to serve the country they love.As Commander-in-Chief, I am also absolutely convinced that making this change will only underscore the professionalism of our troops as the best led and best trained fighting force the world has ever known. And I join the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the overwhelming majority of service members asked by the Pentagon, in knowing that we can responsibly transition to a new policy while ensuring our military strength and readiness. 

I want to thank Majority Leader Reid, Senators Lieberman and Collins and the countless others who have worked so hard to get this done. It is time to close this chapter in our history. It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed. It is time to allow gay and lesbian Americans to serve their country openly. I urge the Senate to send this bill to my desk so that I can sign it into law.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 19 January, 2011 22:32

    WOW! Un paso más para ellos, seis millones de personas más para ir a la guerra, uhhh, pero un gran paso en contra de la discriminación y a favor de los derechos humanos. Con lo imperialista que son, me asusta que no lo hayan hecho antes, por qué ahora?

    Buena entrada!

    Saludos!

    • 20 January, 2011 21:16

      Si les importara tanto “lo imperialista” que son, lo hubiera eso. Pero obviamente hay mucho más detrás de la política americana que nomas pensar en petróleo y “dominación global”, como se imaginan otros.

      La verdad, fuera del petróleo, estrategias globales y otros factores, los miedos y prejuicios de unos cuantos políticos en Estados Unidos afectan mucho más a las políticas militares que los hechos.

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