Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hell Freezes Over and DADT is Repealed

Well you could knock me over with a feather. Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, a monstrosity of a policy that was about as useful as a sack of snot has finally been repealed by a lopsided vote in the Senate.

All 57 Senate Democrats voted for the repeal of a law that promoted nothing less than blackmail and gay bashing in the military, and they were joined by 6 Republicans.

Gays and lesbians in uniform are still being told, however, not to make any public declarations just yet. Not to come out of  the closet, not yet anyway. This is because the way the law was structured it simply enables the President and the military to inform congress that they have “reviewed the findings of a Pentagon study regarding an end to the ban and that the Defense Department has drafted the policies and regulations necessary to stop enforcing it. Those changes must not impact troop readiness, cohesion or military recruitment and retention, according to the law. ”

And even then it’s not gone. Another 60 days must elapse after receipt of the written notice.

And like not setting a timetable for bringing the longest war in US history to a close, they are not setting a timetable for the end of second-class citizenship for gays in the military.

Why put things off I wonder? My guess is that even when change is for the good, we fear change nevertheless.

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