The end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

The Senate did something! Something good! I guess the Senate is only 98% broken and not 100% like I thought:

The Senate on Saturday struck down the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, bringing to a close a 17-year struggle over a policy that forced thousands of Americans from the ranks and caused others to keep secret their sexual orientation.

By a vote of 65 to 31, with eight Republicans joining Democrats, the Senate approved and sent to President Obama a repeal of the Clinton-era law, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a policy critics said amounted to government-sanctioned discrimination that treated gay and lesbian troops as second-class citizens.

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4 Comments

  1. A great day for the US….but (there is always one of those) the 60 day thing worries me….I expect some more games to be played…..

  2. Oops…games begin….

    http://hamptonroads.com/2010/12/lawmaker-aims-ban-gays-va-guard

  3. Daedelus

    This is a *fantastic* decision.

    Over 14,000 service members have been discharged under DADT over the last 20 years. More importantly, 85% of those discharged were kicked out from initiating their own investigations to get out of the army.

    Most of these men and women received honorable discharges.

    So finally we’ll have equality of enforcement and those who sign military contracts will have to honor their contracts. No more easy way out for anyone.

  4. Well, at least the law will not now discriminate – I doubt it will have any serious effect on the realities, though

    Homophobia will always be a problem for as long as there are so called “normal” people who are apparently so utterly insecure about their own sexuality!