Earlier today I was in a discussion on The Huffington Post regarding the Obama Administration’s pending appeal of U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips groundbreaking ruling halting the military’s ban on gays in the military, DADT.
Espousing my claim in support of the easiest way for the President to end DADT, I noticed the following comment:
Just get rid of this ridiculous policy. But let’s make sure when it’s done away with it can’t be overturned by the next guy who sits in the White House.
I’ve been in support of the President issuing an Executive Order repealing DADT and directing Congress and the Department of Defense to implement the changes necessary to do so for over a year now.
One of the most frequent replies to this mimic the quote above. Something along the line of “Yeah…but if Obama signs an Executive Order the next President can just rescind it!”
I’ll admit that does happen, but not in instances historically crucial to civil rights – such as the Truman Executive Order desegrating the military or Abraham Lincoln’s Executive Order abolishing slavery.
Then I had an epithany and replied to my friends quote with the following:
“Why Would any “next guy in office” take the chance of reducing the size of the military by 10% by kicking out all the open gays in the military following such a pronouncement?”
Apparently, I’m not the only one…
This afternoon, it was announced that military recruiters would accept openly gay recruits. In fact, one of the heroes of the movement to repeal DADT, Lt. Dan Choi, is attempting to reenlist as I write this.
Equality in our Armed Services is near…