It's been exactly one year since President Obama signed the law repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and we are reminded that when we work together, we have the power to change our country for the better.
We should celebrate this victory and congratulate those who worked so hard to make this happen. Then we need to get back to work to make sure that discrimination against LGBT service members also comes to an end.
In a few weeks, DADT will be history. Now is not the time for Congresswoman Bachmann or other candidates to be second-guessing our military leaders, attempting to create uncertainty or unrest in the ranks, and shamelessly using our troops in order to score a few political points.
The repeal of DADT will be difficult for any future administration to reverse. That said, it's legally possible, and presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's stated intent to re-instate the military's ban is therefore of some concern.
When my father and I talked about the military's ban on gay, lesbian, and bisexual people serving openly, he described it as an embarrassment to the armed forces. His response was always: "They used to say the same thing about me."
DADT and passage of the 9/11 healthcare bill are second tier issues that will impact only a relatively small number of Americans. So yes, let's celebrate some wins this holiday season, but let's not let it blind us.