Monday, May 11, 2009
Bad news first: "In 2005, the Government Accountability Office found that the cost of discharging and replacing service members fired because of their sexual orientation during the policy’s first 10 years totaled at least $190.5 million. This amounts to roughly $20,000 per discharged service member."
Great news second: "Sandy - Thanks for the wonderful and thoughtful letter. It is because of outstanding Americans like you that I committed to changing our current policy. Although it will take some time to complete (partly because it needs Congressional action) I intend to fulfill my commitment. — Barack Obama." [Emphasis mine]
This was Obama's hand-written response to Second Lieutenant Sandy Tsao's letter coming out to her superiors.
I'll keep this brief because of finals (DEATH), but I hope y'all are excited about this!
Cross-posted at Interruption!