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ABC and NBC Celebrate Anniversary of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal

The day before the one-year anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, both ABC's World News and the NBC Nightly News on Wednesday took the time to celebrate the first time that a same-sex couple won the U.S. Navy's lottery that allows their welcome home kiss to be featured as the first photographed kiss. ABC substitute anchor George Stephanopoulos read a short item on the subject:

 

 

And we saw this remarkable image today that puts a new twist on an old Navy tradition. For the first time, two women sailors shared the traditional first kiss that marks a Navy ship's return home. It happened when the U.S.S. Oak Hill docked in Virginia Beach after 80 days at sea and was made possible by the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the rule that prevented gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. There is a first.

 

Before running a full report putting a positive spin on President Obama's role in repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, a year ago, NBC anchor Brian Williams also featured the kiss:

Tomorrow will mark one year to the day that President Obama signed the repeal of the U.S. military policy known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, banning openly gay and lesbian service members. And just today, a sign of the times. Two women shared the traditional first kiss after the U.S.S. Oak Hills returned to home port in Virginia.

Sailors and their families buy dollar raffle tickets for the chance at it, and those two women happened to win it. Critics said changing this law would never work in the real world of combat. Tonight, NBC's Jim Maceda takes one measure of the change on the ground with some of America's troops in Afghanistan.

 

NBC correspondent Jim Maceda's report then focused on placing a positive spin on the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell:

JIM MACEDA: Task Force Bulldog, on patrol in eastern Afghanistan. It's the kind of combat unit that would implode, critics warned, if Don't Ask, Don't tell were repealed. But the chaos they predicted if openly gay and lesbian soldiers served in close quarters during combat never happened.

STAFF SERGEANT CHRIS BOSTICK, U.S. ARMY: I don't think anything's really changed at all.

MACEDA: Staff Sergeant Chris BostiCk is on his third combat tour, a squad leader.

BOSTICK: Every single one of my soldiers knows that I'm gay, and they know who I am and what I stand for.

MACEDA: And how do his straight buddies see it?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE SOLDIER: If you want to fight for our country, I don't care what you do, you know, that's how it should be.

MACEDA: The repeal divided the military when a year ago President Obama lifted the ban on gays, lesbians and bisexuals serving openly. But now, soldiers from grunts to top brass - even U.S. Marines - have actively embraced the law. And so far, no reports of any incidents like hazing or gay bashing. Behind front lines at large bases like Bagram Airfield, groups of gays and lesbians now meet publically. A coffee hour unheard of only months ago.

Does it become easier to be a soldier?

SPECIALIST SPENCER ROUGIER, MILITARY POLICE: Definitely. Just knowing that you're not gonna be kicked out or have difficulties because of what you say.

MACEDA: 13,000 gays were discharged during Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and the old stigma runs deep. Half of this group of gays asked to conceal their identity, worried about reaction among peers. But hundreds, perhaps thousands of gay soldiers have recently posted their own coming out videos on YouTube, often to their own families.

RANDY PHILLIPS, U.S. AIR FORCE: Dad, I'm gay.

MACEDA: This phone call home by airman Randy Phillips based in Germany to tell his parents he's gay went viral - more than five million hits. Erin Jones, a Navy Petty Officer, now tells anyone who asks that she's lesbian.

PETTY OFFICER ERIN JONES, U.S. NAVY: I always felt like a part of me died every time I had to say, like, oh, my boyfriend, oh, this guy I've been talking to when I didn't mean that.

MACEDA: Even commanders like Marine General James Amos, once against lifting the ban during wartime, now support it.

BOSTICK: I do find that I'm a little more proud of my unit and my country for taking this kind of a step.

MACEDA: Allowing soldiers - straight or gay - to excel as they always have in war, but now to do it freely. Jim Maceda, NBC News, Logar, Afghanistan.
 

Comments

#1 And we wonder why Muslim nations hate us?

The problem aint Bush,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

#2 Yeah, like the

Yeah, like the moooooooooooooooooslem countries don't have any gays...............plus, the livestock are nervous in a lot of those areas.

#3 The Navy is already having a

The Navy is already having a problem with the repel, trust me I am in a position to know. As suspected the Gays are seeking more special rights and preferencial treatment, all part of a larger agenda. The Navy from what I see has quickly embraced "the gay is automatically the victim" mentality.

Non, je ne regrette rien. "You aren't angry because I might be a racist, you're angry because you know I'm right".

#4 remember Tailhook?

This will be much worse.

. . Socialist = Modern Liberal = Parasitoid

#5 Yeah, we've gone from

Yeah, we've gone from Tailhook to Tailgunner!!!

#6 what are the odds?

On the first anniversary of the repeal a Gay person 'won' the lottery for the first kiss.

 

How conveeeeeniant.

#7 Lesbian Chic!

First we had to tolerate, then we had to accept and now we have to celebrate it and be "proud."
No, thank you.

#8 It coulda' been worse.....

At least it wasn't two dudes.

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#9 That's why I used the term

That's why I used the term "lesbian chic." It's definitely "in" to be a lesbian. People think they are "cute." Gay guys? Not so much.
Remember the cooing over Ellen Degeneres and Ann Heche nuzzling at the White House Correspondents Dinner?

#10 how do you know a person is Gay?

Their are two distinct qualities that make up a Gay person:

1.  They want everyone to know they are Gay.

2.  They want everyone to know they are Gay.

#11 Yes, we how have

Yes, we how have African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, and Gay-Americans. [Thank you, ex-Governor McGreevey.]

#12 It will get worse -- we'll see further balkanization

The LGBT special interest groups will be tracking the promotions of every openly homosexual service member, and reporting perceived bias to the MSM. The MSM will then report it to the public.

Consequently, the armed services will mandate that a certain percentage of promotion slots be reserved for openly homosexual service members, and a special "advisor" from homosexual 'community' will be assigned to each promotion board to observe the 'tolerance' atmosphere at the board.

#13 just wait...

I can't wait for the fun of a cross dressing male trooper demanding to bunk with the ladies.

#14 Yeah, that'll be the day,

Yeah, that'll be the day, won't it? I was about to reply to your above comment when I saw this one..
My thought was that gays would claim harassment and demand separate barracks, but yours is better.

#15 delete double

delete double

#16 what the military should do

What the military should do is quarantine openly Gay military into their own special units.  And to keep the whining to a minimum about discrimination we'll give them all the rank of general.  They can design their own fashionable uniforms, have their Gay bars and baths but kept away from the real military we need for defense.

#17 Their barracks would have

Their barracks would have drapes on the windows and designer quilts on the beds....
OK, we'd better stop now. ;-)

#18 yep

Time to drop this old nugget back in again....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol5Dfs7jqFI

#19 One year, and.......what?

I remember a year ago when some friends and I were going to go see a movie, and one of them was a girl who apparently had a lesbian lover in the military.  When the news came to her via her cellphone, she was so excited, and I can't really remember my reaction other than "ok, so how does this change anything?"

They are still together, but I would love to ask her if anything's really changed since then.  Of course, I wouldn't ask the question if I didn't know the answer, but the answer is nothing's changed, other than that the targets of the jihadists would be more obvious.(for those of you in Rio Linda, homosexuality is unnatural in the Quran, even though there are some in Islam that like little boys and girls)  And the Muslim in Chief set it up that way to have the Islamists hate us that much more, if that were possible.

-Jon

#20 HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

The United States Navy: A Global Force For Good!!!

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

#21 Their mission

The goal of the media on gay issues is to keep showing more and more images like this one so that
more and more people will see it as "normal." Also note how this "journalism" shows only one side.
There are no dissenting voices allowed.

#22 Sure, there are NOOOO

Sure, there are NOOOO problems in the unit! Bet there is no better way to ingratiate yourself with your comrades than coming out of the closet while in the showers. I wonder: Do gays share the same bathrooms and dormitories as their straight comrades? Isn't it like straight guys sleeping over at the ladies? A society that trusts humanity's word more than God's perennial truths is bound to go under. Ironically, the Bible predicted this thousands of years ago. A perverse and dangerous lifestyle with rampant promiscuity and high STD rates and psychological imbalances has been elevated to the MSM's pet cause. Yes, the devil is the king of this world. He has addled too many minds already.

#23 So what?

A woman comes home from defending her country and kisses the person she loves. How wonderful that she can now do that without having to worry about repercussions!

#24 They are not gay

Those women are not lesbians. This is a publicity stunt for homosexuals and the Navy.

#25 Oh come on,

The fact that no one else was around during the picture, they were in good lighting...
No, nothing fake about that picture.

Proud member of the 53%!

#26 I'm guessing that the kissing

I'm guessing that the kissing going on when that ship came in was about 99 and a half percent 'straight', if not more - so how is it that the two women kissing gets the headline??? Agenda much??? Willing help from the REGIME and the MSM???

And I'm no anti-gay bigot or anything like that, either...........hell, I just had lunch with a lesbian friend of mine - but she's also a musician and a sharp girl with an interesting personality, and she DOESN'T push her sexual agenda - except when I keep asking her to go out with me!!! Hahahahahaha!!! At least she entertains the thought a little bit................

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