‘We are celebrating the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ after a very long fight’

There’s been a lot of coverage of reactions to the DADT vote yesterday. My good friend, John Affuso, an Army vet who chose not to reenlist because of DADT, sent me the link to this video of a DADT repeal celebration with discharged vet, Travis Hengen. John was in DC in June lobbying for the repeal. He had this great quote in today’s Boston Globe:

“It’s about time,’’ said Affuso, who is gay. “I think about the thousands of people whose careers have ended because of this policy. They just wanted to serve their country.’’

That’s what this is all about.

On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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