The US Senate will Vote on Repeal of DADTDecember 17th, 2010 by marcie
A key step towards ending the harmful Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) policy is the Senate vote on Saturday (12/18) on the Bill to end DADT. It looks like there are enough Senators in favor for the Bill to pass. The house has already passed their version of the Bill.
This is a national issue, but it affects people here in Kitsap County. I could not even guess how many Service Members here are directly affected; in some ways the law affects all of them.
It may take months to actually implement the repeal of DADT. The Senate vote on Saturday is the last big hurdle before the planning for implementation can begin.
Some of the rhetoric that I read and hear against the repeal of DADT sounds as if some folks think that having gays and lesbians serving in the armed forces will be a new thing. The majority of people, though, realize that gay and lesbian service members are already honorably serving, and are required to do so with the fear of being found out. How much of their energy is spent hiding that could instead be spent doing their job even more effectively?
The majority of Americans agree with repealing DADT, and much has been in the news recently, so I will not spend time here trying to convince any of you about why DADT is a bad policy. Repealing the law will not enable Service Members to become legally married (on a Federal level) to a same-sex partner – that is another battle yet to be won. However, it is still heartwarming to me to know that very likely, sometime soon, gay and lesbian Service Members will be able to serve our Country with the knowledge that their significant others and the families they build together can at least be acknowledged.