DADT Repealed: Texoma Reacts - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

DADT Repealed: Texoma Reacts

The United States Military has had a long struggle with the issue of Gay, Lesbian and Bi-Sexual service members. Under Harry S. Truman, the Uniform Code of Military Justice made sodomy a crime for personnel. Under Ronald Reagan, a Pentagon Directive stated that Homosexuality is incompatible with military service. In the 90's Bill Clinton fought that idea, and Don't Ask Don't Tell arrived. In December 2010, President Barack Obama signed the repeal of the ban.

At 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2011, it became legal for service members of all orientations to be open and honest about who they are.

Many people in Texoma are speaking out about the issue. Our Newschannel 6 facebook page lit up with comments. "It is about time. Being a victim of DADT myself, it's good to know that no one will ever be again!," wrote Jeffery Tatro. Most of the comments were positive about the issue. 

However, there is a significant amount of service members and veterans that feel differently. John Spyra served in the Army from 1961-1968. He worries about the impact the policy might have on teams during combat missions. "You can always get personal conflicts in something like that and you have to be able to have someone that can back you up," the veteran said. 

During his duty, Spyra said the issue was not much discussed. "It was during Vietnam and we had our hands full with what we were doing. We didn't care what they were as long as you kept them to yourself," he said. 

Regardless of orientation, Spyra said the call of duty remains the same. "Believe it or not, no matter what your beliefs are, if you're a good soldier, you're going to show up," he said there is no question as to whether or not a Gay, Lesbian or Bisexual soldier can be a good soldier. "There's no two ways about it," he said. 

An estimated 14,000 service members were discharged because of the policy. They are now eligible to reenlist. Many are lining up to do so. 

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6

 

 

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • US Marines' bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle

    US Marines' bravery celebrated 100 years after French battle

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:04 AM EDT2018-05-27 12:04:22 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 3:36 AM EDT2018-05-28 07:36:57 GMT
    (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo). U.S. Marine Corps soldiers stand beneath the U.S. flag during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, Sunday, May 27, 2018.(AP Photo/Virginia Mayo). U.S. Marine Corps soldiers stand beneath the U.S. flag during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France, Sunday, May 27, 2018.

    High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have taken part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in northern France to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a key...

    High-ranking military officials from the U.S., France and Germany have taken part in Memorial Day ceremonies at an American cemetery in northern France to mark the centennial of the battle of Belleau Wood, a key moment in Marine Corps history.

  • Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

    Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:53 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:53:22 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 3:36 AM EDT2018-05-28 07:36:40 GMT
    Senator Corker’s office tweeted out an image of Josh Holt and his wife before leaving Venezuela. (Source: Twitter/@SenBobCorker)Senator Corker’s office tweeted out an image of Josh Holt and his wife before leaving Venezuela. (Source: Twitter/@SenBobCorker)

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

    A Utah man has been released from a jail in Venezuela after spending nearly two years behind bars on weapons charges.

  • LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

    LeBron's 35 help Cavs beat Celtics 87-79, reach NBA Finals

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:14 PM EDT2018-05-28 03:14:46 GMT
    Monday, May 28 2018 3:36 AM EDT2018-05-28 07:36:30 GMT
    (AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, ...(AP Photo/Charles Krupa). Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James soars to dunk in front of Boston Celtics forward Al Horford (42) and forward Marcus Morris (13) during the first half in Game 7 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals, Sunday, ...
    LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the...
    LeBron James scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists to earn an eighth straight trip to the NBA Finals, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Powered by Frankly