Senate Set to Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Legislation12.18.10
For nearly two decades, homosexual Americans haven’t been able to serve openly in our armed forces due to the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” legislation passed in 1993.
Despite opposition from much of the Republican Party – spearheaded by a cynical Sen. John McCain – and the glacial moving by the Democrats to act in the way that a majority of Americans want them to, the Senate voted today, 63-33, to move toward a final vote on the discriminatory law’s repeal.
Enough has already been said, at length, about this. Suffice to say that it’s time. It’s beyond time for this law to be sent into the history books. It’s frustrating to feel like we’re so behind the times with these things — compared to other first-world countries like Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom — who already allow gays to serve openly in their militaries.
I’ve heard the reasoning against repeal, namely that we’re at war and that we need to make sure that we can do this without affecting the troops in combat. To which I reply: how could repeal possibly affect anything? It’s pathetic that some people truly believe that gays will all of a sudden show up in drag to the front-lines or something, as if the repeal would cause people to stop being the extremely well-trained, professional military troops they are and have been due solely to the openness of their sexuality.
What’s going to happen is that these men and women who fight wars for those politicians who choose to go to war will be able to do so without having to pretend that they don’t have loved ones for whom they care deeply about simply because they’re of the same gender. The indignity and emotional trauma of having to call their partners “friends” to avoid losing their jobs will finally come to an end.
It’s about time.
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