DADT: It doesn’t matter if you’re gay, so long as you can shoot straight

Following in the House’s footsteps, the US Senate today overrode the Republican filibuster of the latest bill to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The cloture vote passed 65-31, including 6 Republicans who got over the whole party line thing. That means the bill itself will go to a vote in the next couple of days — and obviously, President Obama is more than willing to sign it into law:

“It is time to close this chapter in our history,” said President Obama in a statement. “It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed. It is time to allow gay and lesbian Americans to serve their country openly.”

The bill actually sets the stage to phase out the policy. Obama and Defense Secretary Robert Gates must agree that ending DADT doesn’t harm military readiness. Then there will be “‘a sequenced implementation’ of the new policy for different units in the military.” But it’s a short matter of time before LGB servicemembers in the US can be as open about it as soldiers in most other first-world countries. We won’t be lumped in with North Korea and Iran anymore, yay!

Gays have been defending us professionally, honorably, but quietly since the Revolution, and it’s time their whole persons are recognized. The majority of the American people knows this, the majority of the military knows this, and even the stand-your-ground party in Congress is beginning to admit it.

To my friends who are closeted in the military or who have held back from signing up:  thank you for your patience.

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