Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It's official, "Don't Ask Don't Tell" ends at 12:01 AM EDT today

As of 12:01 AM, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” ended “officially”.  A Navy officer married a same-sex partner in Vermont, in full dress uniform.

Remember, the 1993 law had specifically mentioned "marrying or attempting to marry a person known to be of the same biological gender" (or some such words) as a reason for discharge, long before gay marriage was legal in any state and when civil unions were just getting started.  Congress must have been paranoid even then that gay marriage was inevitable. 

Here is an article by Aubrey Sarvis “Obama’s Measured Path to DADT Repeal” in the Huffington Post (of course), link

According to Sarvis, the “ah-ha” moment that formal repeal was inevitable came as early as February 2, 2010 (a Tuesday), when Gates testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In the end, the policy died not with a bang, but with a whimper.  Play "Waltzing Matilda". 

But there is real concern what could happen if one of the more "extremist" GOP candidates actually wins the presidential election in 2012.  Log Cabin could be in a real pickle next year. 

I’ll be talking more soon on just why I took this battle so personally for eighteen years. 

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