I don’t want to spoil the celebrations at the death of DADT, but I’m a cynical pessimist. I get the feeling this is the LGBT version of Lily Ledbetter – more symbolism than substance.
There have always been gays in the military. When I joined the army in 1978 my drill sergeant was gay, but that didn’t stop him from terrifying us the way drill sergeants are supposed to do.
Now that DADT has been repealed, some questions remain:
1) Will the UCMJ be revised so that sodomy is no longer a crime? It’s kinda silly to say “You can be gay, just don’t do gay stuff.”
2) Will gay and lesbian service members be allowed to marry? By that I mean will their spouses receive benefits like other military spouses?
3) Will the military prohibit and punish the harassment of gay and lesbian service members?
4) Will the military make sure that gay and lesbian service members are not discriminated against in regard to assignments, evaluations and promotions?
One last thing – I want to point out that by fighting the court rulings that said DADT was unconstitutional, the Obama administration left open the possibility that DADT could be reinstated in the future.