The End of DADT? That Has a Nice Ring to It!

From DNAinfo:

MANHATTAN — For Christmas this year Lt. Dan Choi got a promise ring.

Choi had sent his West Point graduation ring to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to remind the senator of a promise he made to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, banning gays and lesbians from serving openly, by the end of the year.

With President Barack Obama’s signing of a law overturning the ban Wednesday, Reid made good on his promise and returned the ring to Choi, a Manhattan resident.

“Five months after I promised to repeal DADT, I’m so happy to give this West Point ring back to Lt. Dan Choi,” Reid tweeted along with a photo of the exchange in his office.

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Choi, an Iraq war veteran who was discharged from the Army after coming out, also tweeted the event.

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The repeal of the policy signaled a huge victory for Choi, 29, who became the face of opposition to DADT after coming out, with an active Twitter feed and frequent television appearances.

In October, Choi tried to re-enlist in the armed forces at a recruiting center in Times Square after a court decision forcing military recruiters to accept openly gay recruits.

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Despite passage of the law overturning the ban, Choi pointed out that it did not include protection for transgender service members.

And, while he said overturning DADT was a step in the right direction in the fight for LGBT rights, Choi made it clear that the fight for equality was far from over.

“The next time I get a ring from a man,” he said. “I expect it to be for full, equal, American marriage.”

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37 responses to “The End of DADT? That Has a Nice Ring to It!

    • i have to admit that i choked up a bit when i saw the video (again) of harry reid accepting the ring and then when i saw the pic of him giving it back to dan choi. call me an old softie! :)

  1. jean-philippe

    Mitch McConnell’s balls in Reid’s hand would have been nice as well.

    I’m proud to be your Northern neighbour today. American doesn’t look like a big, obnoxious moron these days.

  2. Holiday greetings from frog country. You know that Mark Twain story about the frog jumping contest, that’s here, and they still do it in summertime. But I ran across another tale this week that the raisins might enjoy, the back story to a song made famous by the great Roy Orbison. A tale told of 50 years ago by Bill Mack on XM this week about a young clean cut songwriter that you old timers might have seen on Sulivan, who was in downtown Fort Worth trying to get some last minute gifts at Leonard’s, the big department store. Out front on the sidewalk was a poor fellow that had lost his legs, sitting on his little cart, trying to sell pencils and other small things to make a living of sorts. Because of the season, the fellow had a few seasonal items for sale too and this whole scene of bustling people, Christmas time, and the handicapped man made a deep impression on young Willie who went home and wrote “Pretty paper, pretty ribbons of blue….”

    • as soon as you mentioned calaveras county, the very first thing i thought of was the mark twain story. i don’t know if i even remember what the story is about, i just always loved the title. it’s trips off the tongue with perfect balance.

  3. Thanks for the song. You’re a dear!

  4. you have been santa to us all…….

    may your days be merry and white
    and may all your Sarah Palins be bright…..

    • i feel like all the raisinettes are my santas all year long. i really do adore all of you.

      even in south floriduhhhh, there’s more of a chance of my days being white with snow than there is of princess sarah every being bright. :wink:

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