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Watch: NBC News talks to gay and lesbian soldiers in Afghanistan


By Jacob Combs

In its coverage of the one-year anniversary of the passage of DADT repeal, NBC Nightly News’s Jim Maceda spoke to out gay and lesbian soldiers serving openly in Afghanistan.  These, of course, are the very soldiers serving in units whose cohesion and combat readiness, Republican politicians and anti-DADT advocates warned, would be jeopardized by allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.  As the NBC segment notes, there have been no reports of harassment in the force since the repeal.  Check out the video below to see out troops doing what all troops do–supporting their fellow soldiers and feeling pride in their country’s commitment to liberty.

Another great post-DADT story from yesterday was that of Citlalic Snell and Marissa Gaeta.  When Navy ships return to the U.S., one service member onboard is chosen by raffle to take part in a traditional homecoming kiss.  The two young women, who both serve in the Navy, won the raffle, and shared in this tradition yesterday to the cheers of those present at Virginia Beach.  Says Gaeta of the transition to a post-DADT military: “It’s been nothing but positive.”


  • 1. Sagesse  |  December 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm


  • 2. AnonyGrl  |  December 22, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    I just want to say HA!

    Not the end of the world, not even a blip of a problem. That is such very good news!

  • 3. johnfromco  |  December 23, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    The young men and women in our military do a great job. It was insane that anyone seriously thought we could trust them with true weapons of mass destruction but we could not trust them to serve with a gay soldier. Nor were gay Marines enough to take down the entire Marine Corps. No, they just made it stronger.

  • 4. Leo  |  December 22, 2011 at 2:13 pm


  • 5. 415kathleenk  |  December 23, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    the 'apology' letter serves to hilight both the hypocrisy and even more so, the absurdity of the view that equal marriage somehow damages heterosexual marriage

  • 6. Jamie  |  December 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I love the way one of the first blogs to report about the kiss said: “They kissed. The crowd cheered. And with that, another vestige of the policy that forced gays to serve in secrecy vanished.”

  • 7. Fr. Bill  |  December 22, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    NOM's worst nightmare come true – the world didn't come to an end and they appear even more pathetic to anyone who is listening to them. The Republican Party is proving itself to be totally homophobic in the most ugly ways. Seeing these gay and lesbian soldiers on the front lines make the current GOP look not only looney but un-American.

  • 8. Derek Williams  |  December 22, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Nothing short of utterly fabulous.

    Let's not forget the Obama administration who took this risk for us, when it's our time to vote next year.

  • 9. Jacob  |  December 22, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    And the House and Senate at that time, since they're the ones who actually got it on his desk.

  • 10. Derek Williams  |  December 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    This is true, but a Republican president would have vetoed it. What's more, most 2012 Republican presidential candidates have promised to reinstate DADT if elected.

    For Obama DADT Repeal was an election pledge, ultimately fulfilled by consultative and democratic means.

  • 11. grod  |  December 22, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Leo, Amy Koch's life seemingly is a self-destructive mess. Minneapolis writer John Medeiros’ apology was not wholehearted as claimed. The LGBT community gains no friends by belittling the former state senate majority leader and her situation by rubbing her nose in it. G

  • 12. Stefan  |  December 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    No but we don't lose any at the same time. Plus it feels damn good I gotta say!!!

  • 13. Joe  |  December 23, 2011 at 7:53 am

    As a public official, publicly working against us, I think she should be held to a much higher standard than an "average" citizen. We may not gain friends by rubbing her nose in the mess, but bigots should be afraid that they will be publicly humilated, always. And regardless of the nature of their bigotry. She should be on a poster, with a list of her misdeeds, and we should add "And this is the type of person that condemns us??" People who listen(ed) to her should be equally humiliated.

  • 14. johnfromco  |  December 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I personally think one of the strongest messages we can send is to remind people that there is a different standard for gays than straight people. When a straight person dishonors the institution of marriage, there is no call for constitutional amendment and criminalization (there used to be; the last time that people wanted a constitutional amendment about marriage was so that they could keep people from getting no-fault divorces). But a gay person wanting to marry the person they love is seen as the spawn of Satan, who must be stopped legally, spiritually, and otherwise at any cost.

    As a straight person, I'm willing to say that we can destroy the institution just fine without gays. Having more people marry who actually love each other doesn't seem like a bad thing to me.

  • 15. johnfromco  |  December 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    (referring to the two women who were able to share the first kiss when one of their ships came into port)

    It was great to see two people able to tell others about their love. What is missing, however, is the ability for this couple to marry and have that marriage recognized by the US. Hopefully that will change soon.

    For what it's worth, Right Wing Watch reported on the reaction from Tea Party Nation:

    All I can say to that is that not only were the lovers in the 1945 photo opposite sex, they were also both white. I for one am glad the "shared values of the nation" have changed since then. As for other parts of that picture that represents such a wonderful set of values to the Tea Party, the photographer later said "I saw a sailor running along the street grabbing any and every girl in sight. Whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old, didn't make a difference. I was running ahead of him with my Leica looking back over my shoulder but none of the pictures that were possible pleased me. Then suddenly, in a flash, I saw something white being grabbed. I turned around and clicked the moment the sailor kissed the nurse."

    I guess kissing random people is okay, but kissing the one you love isn't. So long as the other people are a different sex than you and they share your skin color, anyhow.

  • 16. Glenn I  |  December 23, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I liked that full picnic table. Every person at the table was serving under DADT. Even the ones who didn't want to be identified on a national news program are now OUT to their colleagues – maybe not indiscriminately but anybody who wanted to drop by the gay get together would know and that's new. Really new.

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