For the past 18 years the U.S. military has followed a policy which essentially banned openly gay soldiers from serving; for quite some time gay rights activists have worked to reverse this ban and today the ban was finally lifted officially. The bill was originally passed a few months ago and today was the selected day for the ban to be lifted and just as expected the ban has now been officially lifted.
To commemorate lifting the ban on openly gay soldiers President Obama officially spoke about the situation. He was very quick to welcome the new policy which will finally allow soldiers and members of the military to be themselves without the fear of being removed. There are currently an estimated 65,000 gay members of the U.S. military and they and the entire gay community have expressed their gratitude for the lift of the “don’t ask don’t tell” policy as well.
This is once again a step in the right direction for equality and openness according to many analysts. The end of the ban on openly gay members of the military marks an end of the 18 year discrimination which and will hopefully lead to more acceptance by everyone. All around the country gay support groups celebrated this outstanding victory as it is truly one of the greatest successes for the entire community and it will surely give the gay community more momentum for future endeavors towards equality and acceptance.