Southwest Georgians react to "DADT" repeal

Gays openly serving in military without penalty. / Jessica Fairley

After years of debate and court battles "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in the military has been repealed. Gays can openly serve the country without penalty.

Moments after the act was repealed an American soldier who hid his sexuality from his father came clean on Youtube.

"Dad I'm gay. Always have been and always known forever," said the soldier.

His plea of clarity was heard and verified by his father who replied "I still love you son."

While the family sorts through their emotions, southwest Georgians are chiming-in on how they feel about gays openly serving in the military.

"If you're serving your country, what difference would it make if you were gay or not?" said Raymond Simonton.

Although "Don't Ask Don't Tell" has been repealed, not everyone agrees with the decision. Fox 31 Facebook user Mike Carroll feels as though it's something no one needs to know.

"Don't Ask Don't Tell' should apply to any sexual experience. It's personal," said Mike Carroll, "No need for a parade in either case."

Yet some people say it's not about a parade, but more like acceptance and support.

Amaris Hayden, advisor for Sexual Acceptance for Everyone (S.A.F.E), says it can be a good thing when people of different sexual backgrounds feel as if they have someone to talk to. She says that's what the club strives to provide.

"One of the primary things is to support other students, particularly students who have different sexual orientations and provide a safe space for them," said Hayden.