Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 33, Ed. 1 Friday, December 30, 2011 Page: 6 of 44
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Gays began serving openly in U.S. military
Legislation to repeal "don't ask, don't
tell" passed Congress last year and
► was signed by President Barack
Obama on Dec. 22, 2010.
But 2011 was the year of implementation.
While other countries that changed policies
about gays and lesbians serving in the armed
forces recommended a quick implementa-
tion, the U.S. chose a slow, methodical ap-
Before repeal went into effect, the defense
secretary, chairman of the joint chiefs and
president had to certify that the military wa§
ready for implementation.
Among the delays in implementing the re-
peal was to give the Pentagon time to change
regulations and benefits, according to De-
fense Secretary Robert Gates.
Next, training materials had to be pre-
pared and, finally 2.2 million troops had to
be trained. In February, the military an-
nounced some of its plans.
The idea of building separate bathroom fa-
cilities was. rejected and personnel wouldn't
be given the option of refusing to serve with
gays and lesbians.
The Navy announced its training schedule
to be complete: by June 30.
Support for the repeal grew and came from
:Some: surprising sources.
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rums-
feld even announced: "We know that gays
and lesbians have been serving in the mili-
tary for decades with honorable service. We
know that [repeal] is an idea whose time ha§
■ MILITARY, Page 8
KISSING DADT GOODBYE | Petty Officer 2nd Class Marissa Gaeta, left, kisses her girlfriend, Citlalic Snell, at a Navy base in Virginia Beach, Va.,
According to Navy tradition, one lucky sailor is chosen to be first off the ship for the long-awaited kiss with a loved one. This time, for the first time,
reunited couple was gay. (Associated Press)
on Dec. 22.
City elections proved groundbreaking for LGBT community
VOTERS LIKED MIKE | Mike Rawlings defeated David Kunkle in a runoff for Dallas mayor in June.
(John Wright/Dallas Voice)
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2 With former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert
announcing that he was stepping down
• early to run for the U.S. Senate, and long-
time Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief announc-
ing he would not be running for re-election,
candidates were lining up early this year for both
offices. And the LGBT community on both sides
of the Trinity River played a more visible and
more vocal role than ever before in city elections.
In Dallas, businessman Mike Rawlings, former
Dallas Chief of Police David Kunkle and City
Councilman Ron Natinsky, who had reached his
term limit representing District 12, quickly
emerged as the frontrunners in the mayoral elec-
tion. All three candidates came courting the LGBT
community, participating in the North Texas
GLBT Chamber of Commerce's mayoral debate
and asking for endorsements from individuals in
the community, as well as from the Dallas Gay
and Lesbian Alliance and Stonewall Democrats of
Kunkle's involvement with the community
during his days, as police chief helped him win the
Stonewall Democrats endorsement in the general
election, while Natinsky withdrew his name from
contention for the Stonewall endorsement after
questions came up over whether his Republican
voting record disqualified him.
DGLA threw its weight behind Natinsky, then
went a step further to issue a warning against
Rawlings, saying that based on his answer to a
question during the confidential interview, they
feared the candidate's commitment to business in-
terests might override his commitment to civil
In the general election, Kunkle won in precincts
considered to be heavily LGBT and came away
with 32 percent of the vote overall to claim a place
in the runoff against top-vote-getter Rawlings,
■ ELECTIONS, Page 12
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