December 18, 2010 The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is History
For 17 years the ban on gays in the military and being open about being ga is history, declared today December 18, 2010 in the final days of the Democrat’s majority in the House and Senate.
The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell politics took longer to sort out than the necessary, due to people like John McCain and republicans in the service, who for years has opposed lifting the ban. The Senator has served in the navy himself, but the real reasons to his strong opposition even after surveys, studies, reports from the military’s top brass all recommended lifting the ban, McCain a few others wanted to keep the status quo.
Today, a historic event in US history took center stage in the Senate who voted to appeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in a procedural vote, as Nancy Pelosi made it a stand alone bill which helped to pass it. This is just the start of repealing the bill, but a good beginning to actually ending the discriminatory policy.
Six Republicans joined the Democrats namely Susan Collins, Scott Brown, Lisa Murkowski, Olympia Snow, Richard Burr, Mark Kirk, John Ensign and George Voinovich voted to end the debate to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the motion was adopted at 3:31 p.m., December 18, 2010 and with 65 yes and 31 no.
The ban has forced American gay soldiers to hide their identity, to be forced into a closet which denies basic human rights and civil rights. As the US comes out of the dark ages, dozens of other countries have already allowed gays to serve openly in the military with out the danger of putting other soldiers at risk which was a ploy of the republicans.
Senator from Arizona John McCain has filibustered, fought, gathered support from other GOP’s but has failed to show real cause that it would harm the military.
The overwhelming evidence that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was discriminatory and after 18 years thousands of soldiers were dismissed for nothing more than their sexuality, which is not the business of government to determine or censor.
The Bill was introduced by former President Bill Clinton as a “compromise” to gays who wanted an open army and cowtailed to republican religious groups who were anti-gay during his first term as President.
Today, the 17 year old ban is now reversed and gays can serve openly in the US military for the first time in history. It is hard to believe that this law was allowed to discriminate against a segment of society that in today’s modern world present no threat to military defeat in wartime or in peace.
President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law, this week and before the end of the year.
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Editor’s Note: It sort of reminds me of a Bob Dylan song, The Times They are A Changing. We gotta go there with Bryan Ferry