Great news to wake up to

A man holding a sign outside the US Capitol building, sign reads *Let Us Serve Openly*

Let Us Serve Openly

The US Senate has voted to repeal the 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” bill that banned same-sex-attracted military personnel from being open and honest about their sexual orientation under penalty of dismissal. The measure passed the Senate by a 65-31 vote after key Republicans crossed the floor to vote aye. The repeal bill already passed in the House of Representatives by a 250-175 margin, so President Obama will have no impediment to signing the bill into law in very short order.

Greg Sargent, The Plum Line:

Seventeen years after DADT passed into law, the vote all but ensures that its repeal will become a reality before the end of the year.

More Reading:
VoA: US Congress Repeals Ban on Gays in Military
TPMDC: Lieberman And Collins On DADT Repeal: This Is A Civil Rights Bill

Newsweek sounds a more reticent note:

Unfortunately for gay rights activists, this development is no equivalent of [Brown vs Board of Education]. Brown was a unanimous decision that overturned the infamous Plessy v Ferguson precedent which had found “separate but equal” facilities to be constitutionally permmissable. Thus, the Court imposed integration in the most sensitive sphere in the public realm — elementary schools — and offered no dissenting opinion to justify opposition. By contrast, this bill passed with significant opposition from Republicans. (Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia who had said he opposes letting gays serve openly skipped the vote, but all other Democrats voted for it). It does not establish a constitutional or legal principle that all discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is unacceptable which can be applied in court rulings to other venues. And it does not allow transgendered individuals to serve.

It’s still great news, but there’s still a long way to go for full acceptance of LGBTQ people just living their lives openly without fear of discrimination and its consequences.

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8 replies

  1. I was all blub when I saw the vote result earlier today. Best news in a long time.
    Took the Fox poll ‘cos I was expecting it to be full of people saying “yes, this decision marks the beginning of the end of the US military and also the downfall of humankind” and wanted to throw in a lonely “no”, but was surprised to find the noes are actually running at around 54% and the yeses at only 41%. On a Fox News poll!
    It almost gives one hope.

  2. Wow, not quite the end of the road, but definitely a step in the right direction! Yay America!! (Also? WOW I’m lucky to live in New Zealand!)

  3. President Obama will have no impediment to signing the bill into law in very short order.
    I just wish I were confident that he thinks is good news.

  4. It’s hard to know, isn’t it? It was always obvious that he wasn’t a flaming progressive, but he’s appeared much more socially conservative than I ever thought he would be over the last two years.

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    If the author has a non-shenanigans explanation for the morphing that they would like to email to me, I’m willing to reconsider publishing their comments using the new handle.

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  6. Obama has signed the bill! DADT is finally, fully, DEAD.

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