- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund
As I begin to write this, the doors are about to close on admission to the beginning of the end of a 17-year saga. About the time this posts, 9:00 am EST, President Obama will sign the bill to eventually end the ban on gays in the US military. The ban will not end right away; thePresident, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have to certify readiness to implement it and then wait another 60 days. This process will take months, and I have a feeling the certification will be announced at a time of political convenience for Obama.