Marines’ DADT Countdown: “We’re Gay. Get Over It.” (Photo)


Just seven days remain until “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” becomes an ex-law, and the military is apparently ready. Via Jim Burroway at the pro-gay rights blog Box Turtle Bulletin, here’s a peek at the cover of next week’s Marine Corps Times:

The cover story, writes MCT‘s Tony Lombardo, “includes the stories of several gay Marines who wanted to share their views on repeal and the future of the Marine Corps.” Marines and their families all over the world will get to see this cover in base commissaries, offices, and work spaces for the next week. And if Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children can accept gays and lesbians, that’ll take much of the wind out of the GOP presidential field’s anti-gay sails.

Servicemembers United is claiming credit for the cover story, saying its members “pitched this story cold, pushed it along over several weeks, interviewed personally for the story, and recruited others to interview.” The Bulletin‘s Burroway also points out that another organization, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, has a list of do’s and don’ts for “celebrating DADT’s repeal.” The countdown to September 20 has begun.

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