Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ask. Tell.

(Image from Revel & Riot, which also has some good background info on DADT) Between the vote for cloture and the actual vote, I got a little confused about what exactly the status of DADT was this morning. However, the actual vote was scheduled at 3 PM Eastern time, or noon here, and it passed. Obama is expected to sign it next week, and according to WaPo,
The legislation says the president and his top military advisers must certify that lifting the ban won't hurt troops' fighting ability. After that, there's a 60-day waiting period for the military.
So it doesn't go into effect immediately, though I hope the armed services put a moratorium on DADT discharges in the meantime.

It's one step forward, an important step. But in the words of a retweet, "Now give those brave gay soldiers someone to come home to: Legalize marriage equality."

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