Today, September 20, 2012 marks the one year anniversary of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell actually taking effect. When the repeal was being debated in 2010, opponents argued that it would weaken our military in several ways, including weakening morale and causing recruitment and retention problems. However, a new study recently released reflects that the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell actually helped the military. The study found that only two military members actually left service in connection with the repeal, nowhere near the multitudes suggested by the repeal’s opponents. The study further found that the morale of our military has improved and that they are now a more cohesive unit. For more information on the study, check out this article.
As the LGBT community continues to struggle for equality, it is important to recognize the anniversary of this success.