SF delighted: Obama signs don’t ask don’t tell repeal
Here in San Francisco, which has a large gay community, the feeling is good over President Obama’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal which the President signed into law today. Obama said he was proud to sign the bill and he was surrounded by senior military officials and members of Congress as he did so.
The story has made headlines in the San Francisco local paper, SF Chronicle
“This is a good day,” said President Obama as he smiled widely. “This is a very good day.”
The San Francisco gay community agrees with Obama.
San Francisco resident Stephen Paten, who lives in the Castro, says, “Yes, it is a very good day. We applaud Obama for this.”
Obama said today: “I say to all Americans, gay or straight, who want nothing more than to defend this country in uniform, your country needs you, your country wants you, and we will be honored to welcome you into the ranks of the finest military the world has ever known,” stated Obama.
In signing the Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, President Barack Obama said that valor and sacrifice in the armed forces were no longer defined by sexual orientation.
He invited anyone who had been discharged from service to reapply. This new law ends the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that lasted for 17 years and which forced gays to hide their sexual orientation or be fired.
The landmark law orders America’s armed services to allow homosexuals to serve openly for the first time.
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But action on the repeal will not be immediate, however, and some San Francisco gays may wish it was faster, but it is a huge first step.
“The implementation and certification process will not happen immediately; it will take time,” Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz warned in an e-mail that went out right after Saturday’s Senate vote. “Meanwhile, the current law remains in effect. All Air Force members should conduct themselves accordingly.”
San Francisco is one of the most gay-friendly cities in America and happily prides itself on this fact.
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