“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Makes Progress in Congress
Matt | On 28, May 2010
The nation’s controversial ban on gays serving open in the military may be coming to an end pretty soon.
Yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to put the repeal into effect with a 234-194 vote. The potential law, an amendment on a defense spending bill, then went to the Senate Armed Services committee where they voted 16-12 in favor of the version that the House passed. So, that’s a set up for it to be voted on by the full Senate body soon.
There is a catch to the bill, though. Even if it passes the Senate, it still has to wait to go into effect until the results of a Pentagon study to be released in December. It will provide results showing how the repeal will affect the military. I guess it’s the last hurdle of stupidity in the fight for equal access to serve for all soldiers and candidates.
It’s about damn time that they addressed this ridiculous military policy! It’s just so outdated, it’s based on a gross assumptions about a group of people, and simply doesn’t meet the needs of our post-9/11 world. Basically, we need every warm body we can get on this “new battlefield” of ours. The “enemy” is not checking our soldiers sexual preferences as they firebomb and carbomb everyone in site and run planes into buildings. Discrimination is wrong .. plain and simple.
I’m glad that Congress is standing up and getting this out of the way. I’m tired of hearing people talk about something that should have been a footnote in military history.
Click here to learn a little more about the House bill’s sponsor, Rep. Patrick J. Murphy (D) of Pennsylvania’s 8th District.