The ban ended three months ago, with little fanfare. Will opponents of equality going forward get away with using the same "disruption" theory to convince policymakers to oppose full equality for LGBT and other Americans? Because that's what they're trying.
I would be remiss if I failed to address the queer critique against the actual benefits of DADT repeal. Isn't it contradictory that queer people are critical of the repeal of DADT? Well, let me enlighten you.
As we celebrate the end of DADT and the expulsion of gays and lesbians from our military, remember that some were bisexual, and hopefully we can work toward fair treatment of transgender service members and veterans.
GOP candidates must not only move beyond talking points to clarify how a DADT 2.0 would work, but also why the policy should be resurrected. It is time for all the GOP candidates in favor of a DADT 2.0 to answer three questions.
While this is a big step forward for the gay and lesbian service members, and the country at large, the repeal of DADT still doesn't mean complete equality in our armed forces. There are still several other discriminatory laws in place.
On Sept. 20th, 2011, the discriminatory military policy known as Don't Ask Don't Tell, enacted by Congress in 1993, was officially reversed. But that shouldn't imply that discrimination against these service members has actually ended.