– guest-blogged by W. Kevin VIcklund
Is it midnight yet?
As Ed said was likely to happen yesterday afternoon, the Senate finally passed the bill repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the executive order that had banned open and outed gays from the military. The bill to repeal passed by a margin of 65-31. It took 17 years, but there has been an amazing amount of work done in just the last 17 days to make this happen, after it seemed doomed to failure. I’d like to congratulate all of those who worked so hard to make this happen. I followed these developments all year on the Prop 8 Trial Tracker, so I want to give special recognition to them and the Courage Campaign, but there were countless others who worked just as hard that deserve recognition.
This was not intended to be my initial posting (scheduled for 9:02 this morning), but I felt that news this important deserved a special post. I am sure my fellow guest-bloggers, and probably even Ed, will be writing more on this wonderful news this week, but I want to end this with a thought. Why was the “Don’t Ask” portion of the order never enforced?