militarypartner (militarypartner) wrote in repeal_dadt,

Decriminalization of homosexuality

Good news!

The Obama administration has decided to sign the UN resolution to support decriminalization of homosexuality. Many countries in the world still punish homosexuality - either as an identity or as an act - and some even have the death penalty for it.

One of the reasons that the Bush administration did not want to sign the resolution (at the time, we were the only "Western" government that did not) was because they were afraid it would require the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," since in a way, this policy criminalizes homosexuality under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Signing this resolution is a step in the right direction. As long as the Military Readiness Enhancement Act doesn't die in committee, we could be successful! But in order to keep it on the docket, we need to remind our Representatives that it is an important issue to the public.

Keep writing those letters and e-mails, and please do comment if you take the time to write! I really appreciate your efforts, and so does every service member who has been or risks being discharged under this discriminatory act.

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