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December 18, 2010

DADT Repeal Imminent!

by at 12:09 pm.

Or as good as - the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been forwarded past the filibuster threat in the Senate by a 63-33 vote, pretty much assuring its passage.

This is a long time coming - the nation, and the military, has been ready for this for a long time. Now, we can finally allow gays to openly serve as they do in many other countries. Gays and lesbians have been on the front lines in war, risking their lives for their country. And now they will not be thrown out for being who they are.

Congrats to the activists who fought so hard for this. It is a victory that took too long, but it is a victory.

Though he’s wrong on almost every other issue, kudos on this to Senator Scott Brown for voting for our gay servicemen and women. (Note: I can’t find the role call but at 63 votes to pass, mathematically he has to be one of the yes votes.) Also kudos to Sen. John Kerry, who fought for this for a long time.

4 Responses to “DADT Repeal Imminent!”

  1. C R Krieger Says:

    I agree that this is the right thing, but I am not sure the military has been ready for this for a long time.  For instance, does the bill repeal the “S” word as a crime under the UCMJ?  I have my doubts.  I wrote to Rep Tsongas asking about that and got back a form letter that never touched on the issue.  But, that is fairly standard for our delegation.  At least I got a response, as opposed to the Senior Senator.

    I will say that I think the military is ready to begin implementation and that it will be fairly smooth going within a short period of time, but there will be some transition hiccups and it is going to take some attention to detail on the part of leaders up and the down the chain of command to make that transition as smooth as possible.  People are going to have to find the natural limits in this new setup.  Not everyone will “come out”.  Some, if now approached, may actually say, not me, because it is not them.

    Now that we are over this hurdle, can we now work on having women register for the draft when they turn 18?

    Regards  —  Cliff

  2. Fran McDougall Says:

    Does anyone have a list of the 31 “NO” votes? Bah Humbug greetings to them all.

  3. joe from Lowell Says:

    CR Krieger,

    The bill itself does not repeal the UCMJ’s ban on “the s-word,” but the Pentagon’s report lays out a number of action steps, including repealing the ban on consensual s-word, while maintaining forcible s-word as a crime.

    And why would anyone care about draft registration? There’s never going to be another draft. Who cares?

  4. C R Krieger Says:

    Joe

    If we don’t care, then lets stop registering young men between the ages of 18 and 25.

    And, as for never; never is a long, long time.

    I grant you not likely in our lifetime, but not never.

    And, one of the reasons for no draft today is we can’t afford it.  Not since we started paying service members real wages, like we have civil servants.

    Regards  —  Cliff

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