Like many victories, you take the bad with the good. For the GLBT military folks who attended the first-ever gay military personnel convention, OutServe, in Las Vegas yesterday the good has been the non-stop support and "shrugs" they received after they came out and the opportunities that are now opening up for them.
"We are not a nation that says, 'Don't ask, don't tell,'" said President Obama this morning, signing that policy's repeal. "We're a nation that says, 'Out of many we are one.'" He looked happy and relieved.
It's a Christmas miracle! The final count was 65 yay!, 31 nay. All that's required now is a signature from President Barack Obama, and this shit is OVER, except for the bloggin' and talkin' from angry homophobes.
Today the Senate voted 63-33 to cut off debate on a bill that will end the ban on gays serving openly in the military. They'll hold a final vote at 3 p.m., and the repeal is expected to pass.
I'm writing letters to my loved ones in case I don't return from Afghanistan. I hope my partner never has to open his. If he does, it will ask him to tell who I was, because I couldn't.
The Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal again hangs in the balance: Today, the House votes on a standalone bill, but it's unclear what the Senate will do. Meanwhile, Dan Choi has been hospitalized, and the Marine Commandant is talking shit.
The scramble to get anything done in the waning days of the Democratic-controlled Congress has come down to a few pieces of legislation, including Don't Ask, Don't Tell and the DREAM Act. What are their chances for success?
The Don't Ask Don't Tell hearings in the Senate have resumed. There's no question that the policy needs to be repealed. What is outstanding: Why is John McCain such an asshole? Theories from The Daily Show and others.
Good news: Democrats, mindful of the despair of the base, plan to take up the Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal in the Senate after all. And Obama is getting involved, pushing the Senate not to wimp out. Will it work?
Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently said, "I would like to see the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' but I'm not sure what the prospects for that are and we'll just have to see." That's an understatement.