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Old June 15th, 2012, 09:06 AM   #1
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This is quite a change in less than 9 months:



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http://www.advocate....tes-pride-video



Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta released a video message in recognition of Pride Month thanking LGBT servicemembers, civilian employees and their families for their contributions to the country.



“Diversity is one of our greatest strengths,” said Panetta in the video posted Friday. “During Pride month — and every month — let us celebrate our rich diversity and renew our enduring commitment to equality for all.”



The message marks the first time a U.S. Secretary of Defense has officially recognized Pride Month since the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” last September allowed members of the military to serve openly. Panetta acknowledged the work the military has done to implement repeal over the past year.



“Before the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ you faithfully served your country with professionalism and courage,” said Panetta in the video. “And just like your fellow service members, you put your country before yourself. And now—after repeal, you can be proud of serving your country, and be proud of who you are when in uniform.”



“The pursuit of equality is fundamental to the American story,” he said. “The successful repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ proved to the nation that just like the country we defend, we share different backgrounds, different values, and different beliefs — but together, we are the greatest military force in the world.”



While LGBT advocates in the military have generally reported a smooth transition to open service, some obstacles remain, including the lack of equal benefits for the same-sex spouses of military members. Panetta pledged to work toward the removal of those “barriers” in his message.



“Going forward, I remain committed to removing as many barriers as possible to make America’s military a model of equal opportunity, to ensure all who are qualified can serve in America’s military, and to give every man and woman in uniform the opportunity to rise to their highest potential,” he said.



The video is part of a larger Pride Month celebration by the Defense Department that will also include an event, another first for the agency, later this month. A Pentagon spokeswoman said that details were still being finalized.



OutServe, the association of actively-serving LGBT U.S. military personnel, praised the effort from Secretary Panetta.



“This historic video confirms the message that the military supports all service members and civilian employees, based on their merit,” said co-director Josh Seefried. “This is a tribute to our core military values: respect and integrity. If there is any remaining doubt that the military has executed DADT repeal with excellence, and that LGBT people are serving our country with honor, Secretary Panetta has firmly put that to rest. This is leadership directly from the top.”



[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mWb9HteGE0[/youtube]


And so far, zero issues have resulted from the repeal of DADT......just like every other country which removed its ban and entered the modern world.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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Last summer, gays in the military dared not acknowledge their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups.



In the latest remarkable sign of change since the military repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes nine months after repeal of the policy that had prohibited gay troops from serving openly and forced more than 13,500 service members out of the armed forces.



Details are still being worked out, but officials say Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wants to honor the contributions of gay service members.



"Now that we've repealed 'don't ask, don't tell,' he feels it's important to find a way this month to recognize the service and professionalism of gay and lesbian troops," said Navy Capt. John Kirby, a spokesman.



This month's event will follow a long tradition at the Pentagon of recognizing diversity in America's armed forces. Hallway displays and activities, for example, have marked Black History Month and Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.



Before the repeal, gay troops could serve but couldn't reveal their orientation. If they did, they would be discharged. At the same time, a commanding officer was prohibited from asking a service member whether he or she was gay.



Although some feared repeal of the ban on serving openly would cause problems in the ranks, officials and gay advocacy groups say no big issues have materialized — aside from what advocacy groups criticize as slow implementation of some changes, such as benefit entitlements to troops in same-sex marriages.



Basic changes have come rapidly since repeal; the biggest is that gay and lesbian soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines no longer have to hide their sexuality in order to serve. They can put photos on their office desk without fear of being outed, attend social events with their partners and openly join advocacy groups looking out for their interests.



OutServe, a once-clandestine professional association for gay service members, has nearly doubled in size to more than 5,500 members. It held its first national convention of gay service members in Las Vegas last fall, then a conference on family issues this year in Washington.



At West Point, the alumni gay advocacy group Knights Out was able to hold the first installment in March of what is intended to be an annual dinner in recognition of gay and lesbian graduates and Army cadets. Gay students at the U.S. Naval Academy were able to take same-sex dates to the academy's Ring Dance for third-year midshipmen.



Panetta said last month that military leaders had concluded that repeal had not affected morale or readiness. A report to Panetta with assessments from the individual military service branches said that as of May 1 they had seen no ill effects.



"I don't think it's just moving along smoothly, I think it's accelerating faster than we even thought the military would as far as progress goes," said Air Force 1st Lt. Josh Seefried, a finance officer and co-director of OutServe.



He said acceptance has been broad among straight service members and has put a spotlight on unequal treatment that gays continue to receive in some areas. "We are seeing such tremendous progress in how much the military is accepting us, but not only that — in how much the rank and file is now understanding the inequality that's existing right now," he said.



That's a reference to the fact that same-sex couples aren't afforded spousal health care, assignments to the same location when they transfer to another job, and other benefits. There was no immediate change to eligibility standards for military benefits in September. All service members already were entitled to certain things, such as designating a partner as one's life insurance beneficiary or as designated caregiver in the Wounded Warrior program.



As for other benefits still not approved, the department began a review after repeal with an eye toward possibly extending eligibility, consistent with the federal Defense of Marriage Act and other applicable laws, to the same-sex partners of military personnel.



"The department is carefully and deliberately reviewing the benefits from a policy, fiscal, legal and feasibility perspective," Eileen Lainez, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said Thursday.



Gay marriage has been perhaps the most difficult issue.



Though chaplains on bases in some states are allowed to hold what the Pentagon officials call "private services" — they don't use the words wedding or marriage — such unions do not garner marriage benefits because the Defense of Marriage Act says marriage is between a man and a woman.



The "don't ask, don't tell" policy was in force for 18 years, and its repeal was a slow and deliberate process.



President Barack Obama on Dec. 22, 2010, signed legislation repealing it. Framing the issue as a matter of civil rights long denied, Obama said, "We are a nation that welcomes the service of every patriot ... a nation that believes that all men and women are created equal."



The military then did an assessment for several months to certify that the forces were prepared to implement it in a way that would not hurt military readiness. And it held training for its 2.25 million-person force to inform everyone of the coming change and what was expected.
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Do you really care what this NWO lackey has to say about anything? Have you forgotten that about three months ago he testified, before Congress, that when the "next Libya" rolls around, "...our goal would be to seek international permission."



And then, after getting the international green light, "...we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress."



Did you forget this? I hope not.
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Old June 15th, 2012, 10:23 AM   #4
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It matters not. He is still the top honcho and what he says in this is important.
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This is quite a change in less than 9 months:



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http://www.advocate....tes-pride-video



Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta released a video message in recognition of Pride Month thanking LGBT servicemembers, civilian employees and their families for their contributions to the country.



“Diversity is one of our greatest strengths,” said Panetta in the video posted Friday. “During Pride month — and every month — let us celebrate our rich diversity and renew our enduring commitment to equality for all.”



The message marks the first time a U.S. Secretary of Defense has officially recognized Pride Month since the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” last September allowed members of the military to serve openly. Panetta acknowledged the work the military has done to implement repeal over the past year.



“Before the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ you faithfully served your country with professionalism and courage,” said Panetta in the video. “And just like your fellow service members, you put your country before yourself. And now—after repeal, you can be proud of serving your country, and be proud of who you are when in uniform.”



“The pursuit of equality is fundamental to the American story,” he said. “The successful repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ proved to the nation that just like the country we defend, we share different backgrounds, different values, and different beliefs — but together, we are the greatest military force in the world.”



While LGBT advocates in the military have generally reported a smooth transition to open service, some obstacles remain, including the lack of equal benefits for the same-sex spouses of military members. Panetta pledged to work toward the removal of those “barriers” in his message.



“Going forward, I remain committed to removing as many barriers as possible to make America’s military a model of equal opportunity, to ensure all who are qualified can serve in America’s military, and to give every man and woman in uniform the opportunity to rise to their highest potential,” he said.



The video is part of a larger Pride Month celebration by the Defense Department that will also include an event, another first for the agency, later this month. A Pentagon spokeswoman said that details were still being finalized.



OutServe, the association of actively-serving LGBT U.S. military personnel, praised the effort from Secretary Panetta.



“This historic video confirms the message that the military supports all service members and civilian employees, based on their merit,” said co-director Josh Seefried. “This is a tribute to our core military values: respect and integrity. If there is any remaining doubt that the military has executed DADT repeal with excellence, and that LGBT people are serving our country with honor, Secretary Panetta has firmly put that to rest. This is leadership directly from the top.”



[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mWb9HteGE0[/youtube]


And so far, zero issues have resulted from the repeal of DADT......just like every other country which removed its ban and entered the modern world.


That says a lot about Panetta's gratitude, thanking the gay servicemembers.
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On a side note, it is creepy how much he looks like my dad....that aside, Hilary also made a nice recorded statement in honor of gay pride month.




We will not rest until full and equal rights are a reality for everyone. History proves that the march toward equality and justice will overcome barriers of intolerance and discrimination. But it requires a concerted effort from all of us. No matter how long the road ahead, I’m confident that we will travel it successfully together.

Wherever you are celebrating this month, I wish you a happy Pride.

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Do you really care what this NWO lackey has to say about anything? Have you forgotten that about three months ago he testified, before Congress, that when the "next Libya" rolls around, "...our goal would be to seek international permission."



And then, after getting the international green light, "...we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress."



Did you forget this? I hope not.




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It matters not. He is still the top honcho and what he says in this is important.


The funniest thing is: You're serious.
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Do you really care what this NWO lackey has to say about anything? Have you forgotten that about three months ago he testified, before Congress, that when the "next Libya" rolls around, "...our goal would be to seek international permission."



And then, after getting the international green light, "...we would come to the Congress and inform you and determine how best to approach this, whether or not we would want to get permission from the Congress."



Did you forget this? I hope not.




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It matters not. He is still the top honcho and what he says in this is important.


The funniest thing is: You're serious.


Yeah, it's hysterical.
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Old June 18th, 2012, 03:44 PM   #9
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This is the poster that's been spotted on the walls in the Pentagon:



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Todd Breasseale, LTC, US Army, at the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) sent Towleroad a copy of the posters that are going up around the Pentagon TODAY, following Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's historic video last week.



Writes Breasseale to Towleroad: "This is a really big deal. Nearly 20 years in the Army, this July, and I never - EVER - thought I'd see this day come. I'm deeply proud of the Department as a whole and of the individual senior leaders who have tackled this issue head-on and determined that equality is both a force multiplier and the right thing to do. The Defense Department has a long history of leading in terms of equality and inclusion. This is another example."




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Pity the White House denied a voice to all the normal service members who are now forced to live and shower with people who may find them sexually attractive.



A privilege denied to heterosexuals who are still required to live and shower separately from the opposite sex
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