Happy anniversary of DADT!

Today is the one year anniversary of the death of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Somehow we’ve survived the end of military cohesiveness.  The army has endured the death of recruiting.   There was also the mass exodus of troops that we were assured would take place.

From the vantage point of the present, it is transparently clear that the death of DADT was really the biggest non-event ever.  All the uproar at the time was just a bunch of paranoid, unsupported homophobic bluster.  It is equally clear, but infinitely more embarrassing, that none of the “sky-is-falling, end-of-the-world” folks who fear mongered against DADT’s demise have had the integrity to say “Oops, our bad.”

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Ashley

    Kind of makes a person think that gay marriage won’t be the civilization-ending disaster the bigots claim it will be.

    • Scott

      It’s been legal for more than eight years in Canada. We’re still waiting for this crumbling we were assured would happen.

      • kagekiri

        How about brimstone? Any fire falling from the skies? People being turned to salt when they look back at Canada while they flee the devastation? Eh?

      • kagekiri

        Ooo, how could I forget the most horrible predictions of doom:

        Are people marrying animals? Or robots? How slippery are Canada’s sexuality slopes because of all “TEH GAYZ”?

      • Ibis3

        Funny thing is, the number of heterosexual marriages has increased.

        Seven years after the federal government gave its blessing to same-sex marriage, it’s clear Canada’s gay and lesbian couples have been seizing the wedding day.

        The number of same-sex marriages nearly tripled between 2006 and 2011, while the number of same-sex couples jumped 42.4 per cent during the same five-year period, Statistics Canada said Wednesday as it released a fresh salvo of census data focused on the country’s families and living arrangements.

        The agency counted 21,015 married gay and lesbian couples and another 43,560 in common-law relationships — a sizable jump from the 2006 census, which counted same-sex couples for the first time and enumerated 45,345 of them — 7,465 married and 37,885 common-law.

        Among heterosexual couples, traditional marriage has been on the decline for decades, accompanied by a commensurate increase in the number of common-law relationships. However, this latest census shows a modest bump in the number of heterosexual couples who tied the knot.

        The 2011 census enumerated nearly 6.3 million married heterosexual couples — up 2.9 per cent from the almost 6.1 million pairs in 2006.


  • Anonymous

    One of the funniest things I would see online was the constant postings of right-wingers on Free Republic about DADT. They would tell how the military would be depleted by the hundreds of thousands of soldiers failing to re-enlist so that they might flee the coming hordes of homosexual rape mobs that ending DADT would create.
    Now, a year later, near as I can tell, military recruitment is going fine seeing as how we are AT WAR.
    But boy, you’ve never seen so many 47th-generation military families members as on Free Republic. “My son was going to enlist in the Marines for a 12-year hitch before he realized that he would have to bunk on the same military base as a homosexual. Now he’s going to community college to be a professional bowhunter and hates America.”
    Choke on it, you rat bastards.

    • flugel

      Oh, those homosexual rape mobs. They’ve gotten so bad I can’t even go out in public anymore, what with their homosexual raping and such.
      Welp, that’s it, guys. Heading down into the bunker to await the coming apocalypse. I’ll pray for you.
      (By the way, has anybody seen my tinfoil?)

  • http://friendlyatheist.com Richard Wade

    History is not a series of wars and treaties, discoveries and disasters. It’s a series of ideas succeeding each other. I was excited to be 19 when Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon, because I was witnessing what most people were saying was an important moment in history, but being alive while things like this are happening, new, positive ideas succeeding old, negative ideas, is much more exciting and satisfying.

  • Monado

    Some couples in Canada have actually been waiting until their friends could get married too. Hell, I might even get married after 21 years of happily living in sin.