26 7 / 2012
On this day in 1948, President Truman signed Executive Order 9981 which stated:
It is hereby declared to be the policy of the President that there shall be equality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armed services without regard to race, color, religion or national origin. This policy shall be put into effect as rapidly as possible, having due regard to the time required to effectuate any necessary changes without impairing efficiency or morale.
This effectively ended segregation by race in the military and preceded the Civil Rights Movement which began a few short years later.
In December 2010, Congress and President Obama repealed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, effectively allowing gays to serve openly in the military.
I wonder what happens next…