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Say Good Bye to Don't Ask Don't Tell
Cathy Campbell
Submitted: 2010-12-01 10:14:23.000 (post #: 2377)

Grethe Looks like in the very near future that we will be saying good bye to Don't Ask, Don't Tell. ABOUT TIME. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, to you and all the others that put their lives on the side lines to make this happen. The sacrifice was great but the outcome is sweet. Do you think that Federal Gay Marriage will come about in our life time? We can only hope and work towards that goal as you have. I hope you all party harty, we all deserve it. In peace and equality, Cathy
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Re: Say Good Bye to Don't Ask Don't Tell
Grethe
Submitted: 2010-12-01 12:24:39.000 (post #: 2378)

This is certainly the most crucial time for the integrity of gays serving in the military. I only hope the Senate does not play politics with military readiness. Now is the time to overturn DADT. I am very concerned that if not now, when?
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Re: Say Good Bye to Don't Ask Don't Tell
Georgiann Weaver
Submitted: 2010-12-15 23:06:38.000 (post #: 2383)

It's official! The House voted to rescind DADT! Now for the Senate! Thanks to all of our military, but especially those who have taken the stance for equality. Thanks to you, Grethe, and my "friend" Cindi who was discharged many years ago for standing up for all of our rights!
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DADT

Submitted: 2010-12-18 20:25:06.000 (post #: 2385)

Say goodbye to DADT. The Senate passed the bill..............President Obama to sign soon. Goes into effect within 60 days......... Thank you Grethe for your service and sacrifice. God Bless You Leslie
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Congratulations and thank you
Dan England
Submitted: 2010-12-19 05:22:20.000 (post #: 2386)

By courageously telling your story so many years ago and telling it again through the emotion that Glenn Close carries on film, a seed was planted that today has turned into a victory for integrity, and honor in our armed services. I have several friends that are serving in silence. Thanks again for your leadership and support. Well done.
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Re: Say Good Bye to Don't Ask Don't Tell
Valerie Hobson
Submitted: 2010-12-19 12:03:33.000 (post #: 2389)

Thank you Grethe and Diane for all your efforts and relentless persistence that resulted in yesterday's 65 yea vote.
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Re: Say Good Bye to Don't Ask Don't Tell
Kendra Hourd
Submitted: 2010-12-20 07:46:52.000 (post #: 2390)

I just heard the news over here in Britain. DADT is gone then ? About time and then some ! Here's hoping you guys catch up with us on gay marriage soon too. Congrats xx
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Congrats!
Kate
Submitted: 2010-12-22 19:40:38.000 (post #: 2392)

Grethe, I watched you on KOMO-TV's "Town Meeting" show (ca. 1991) ask presidential candidate Bill Clinton if he would support gays in the military. He hesitated, and then said, "Yes." Well, we know how that turned out! But now at last we've taken a big step toward equality for gay people in the military. Thank you so much for having been courageous enough to stand up and speak the truth. Why aren't you on any of the news programs? (:>)
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DADT
Sarah Farmer Earll
Submitted: 2010-12-22 21:02:04.000 (post #: 2393)

Grete, it took far too long, but the door you started to crack has now been opened wide. DADT is repealed! Would love to see an updated response on your site. on another note, I'm very sorry to read about the loss of your son. I know time eventually softens the pain, but it never goes away. very best regards, Sarah Farmer Earll (your former law school classmate)
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Re: DADT
Grethe
Submitted: 2011-01-05 02:39:43.000 (post #: 2396)

Thank you Sarah. This has been a long time coming and it was surreal and yet part of a dream I had for 21 years, being part of the signing ceremony. I lead the Pledge of Allegiance and felt every word in ways I had not in years. I will write the story on the site shortly. Hope you finished school and are doing well.
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Re: Congrats!
Grethe
Submitted: 2011-01-05 02:48:37.000 (post #: 2397)

Thanks for rooting for the overturning of this horrible law. It has been a long haul. I was invited to and lead the pledge of allegiance at the signing ceremony with President Obama. And 5 Jan I was on Channel 5 NW at 11 AM talking about the repeal with Margaret Larsen. But I am only history and there are others now fighting to stay in the service as Major Witt and LTC Farenbacher. We speak for the 66,000 who are still serving in silence.
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Re: Re: Say Good Bye to Don't Ask Don't Tell
Grethe
Submitted: 2011-01-05 03:01:58.000 (post #: 2398)

Yes it has taken 17 years for the law to be repealed. It will be great when we can march in Gay Pride parades in uniform and be recruited and respected as in Great Britain. Thank you for your thoughts
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Re: Re: Say Good Bye to Don't Ask Don't Tell
Grethe
Submitted: 2011-01-05 03:03:09.000 (post #: 2399)

Second time around we were all holding our breath. Justice and vindication is so sweet. Still have a ways to go but a great first step.
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Re: Congratulations and thank you
Grethe
Submitted: 2011-01-05 03:09:22.000 (post #: 2400)

It has taken a long time but finally success. I think the airing of Serving in Silence may have begun to demystify our lives and take some of the stigma away. For those serving in silence, regrettably we are not quite there yet but their freedom is coming and they can soon serve with their integrity intact.
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Re: Re: Say Good Bye to Don't Ask Don't Tell
Grethe
Submitted: 2011-01-05 03:12:05.000 (post #: 2401)

Hopefully Cindi will get her justice also. At least make sure she has an Honorable Discharge so she can use VA benefits. If problems contact Servicemembers Legal Defense Network to see about upgrade. Repeal is vindication of the suffering of many and service of thousands.
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Re: Re: Re: Say Good Bye to Don't Ask Don't Tell
Carol
Submitted: 2011-09-20 12:44:02.000 (post #: 2412)

Congratulations. As of midnight last night, it is over. It never would have happened without you. Thank you from all of us.
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D.A.D.T.
Bill
Submitted: 2012-01-25 13:34:08.000 (post #: 2418)

Glad to hear that the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" banner has been eliminated. One should only tell in descreet circumstances. I am openly gay, but am not boasting it or talking too much about it.
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