Sunday, December 19, 2010

DADT repealed

The US has dragged itself kicking and screaming into the later half of the 20th century. The senate has finally voted to repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' which essentially allowed gays to serve in the military only if they never, ever disclosed their sexual orientation or, get this, left any evidence from their private life around that colleagues or even IT lads monitoring email systems could find that revealed their orientation.

It's a good day for basic civil rights. The sad thing is that Clinton wasn't able to achieve it 17 years ago and had to settle for DADT as a compromise with bigoted Republicans that aren't afraid to use race or sexual orientation as weapons in their political fights. Because fostering a sense of bigotry works for them ... no matter the harm it does to the broader politic.

And the 31 fuckwads that voted against it deserve a kick in the anus.

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