Thanks to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network for inviting ThinkProgress to report live from its Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Day Celebration.
As chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) was a leading force for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. He will continue to play a role in the implementation of repeal as Congress tracks “remnants of discrimination” that take place in the military, but he said he’s optimistic that all the military leaders are on board and will realize this is “a different world, a different generation.” At Tuesday night’s celebration, he lauded DADT repeal as an advance for freedom, openness, and tolerance in America and thinks historians will look back on the repeal process as proof of the United States’ ability to better itself:
LEVIN: This is an amazing country. We’re able — usually — to change and to deal with things that need to change. “Change” has kind of been our middle name here in America. It’s another milestone on a road to a better county and a greater country, but it’s also proof that we can deal with our mistakes and correct them and pull together and be a better country when we do pull together.