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MILITARY: Gays openly serve – and all is well

Letter by André M. Peñalver, Puyallup on Sep. 21, 2012 at 10:44 am | 9 Comments »
September 21, 2012 12:45 pm

This time last year, there were dire predictions about what would happen if Congress repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” – that it would disrupt unit cohesion, hurt recruiting and ultimately threaten our national security. My favorite (from retired generals): 500,000 troops would quit, and the military would “break.”

One year after the repeal of DADT, the only news is no news. The branches have hit their recruiting targets, units remain intact, our nation’s security is sound. A UCLA survey of active- duty troops found improvements in quality of life and morale.

The military did not break and shows no sign of it. And gay service members finally have the dignity of serving openly.

Now the same people who predicted that the sky would fall on the military would have us believe that a similar fate awaits the institution of marriage if we allow same-sex marriage here in Washington. I think there’s some crow that needs eating. In the meantime, I will vote yes on Referendum 74.

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