Tell ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Goodbye!
The US Senate voted today to end the ban on homosexuals serving openly in our nation’s armed forces.
The ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, implemented during the Clinton administration, was roundly rejected by a vote of 65-31, with eight Republicans breaking from their bigoted brethren and casting votes on the right side of history.
“We righted a wrong,” declared Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). “Today we’ve done justice.”
The final nail in the coffin of this shameful, discriminatory policy will come in the form of President Obama’s signature. The President applauded the Senate’s decision, which allows him to fulfill his campaign promise to overturn the ban. He said it was “time to close this chapter in our history.”
Tens of thousands of gay and lesbian soldiers had been forced out of the military under the policy. Countless others had to hide their true identities.
“I don’t care who you love,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) asserted. “If you love this country enough to risk your life for it, you shouldn’t have to hide who you are.”
Gay rights groups rejoiced at the decision.
“Today’s vote means gay and lesbian service members posted all around the world can stand taller knowing that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ will soon be coming to an end,” Army veteran Aubrey Sarvis said.
The repeal will not take place for at least two months due to procedural steps to prepare for the transition.
Many Republicans went down fighting. Senator John McCain of Arizona said “today is a very sad day.” Former presidential candidate Pat Buchanan said accepting openly gay and lesbian troops into the ranks will be “hellish.”
But eight GOP Senators chose doing the right thing over partisan politics and bigotry. They are: Susan Collins (ME); Olympia Snowe (ME); Lisa Murkowski (AK); Scott Brown (MA); Richard Burr (NC); John Ensign (NV); Mark Kirk (IL) and George Voinovich (OH).
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