Crap, crap, crap. I don’t know why I bother. I spent an hour putting together an excellent post on the repeal of DADT, and Riley over at Wayfaring Stranger beats me to the punch. I do so hate to be redundant.
After you check out her excellent post, please read my take below. Minus all the redundant stuff.
The Senate voted this week to repeal the law which disallows gay servicemen and women to serve openly. The President is set to sign the repeal into law sometime this upcoming week. This is after years of back and forth on whether or not gays should be “out” in the military. Over the last year, a couple of courts have overturned the ban. Their decisions were then overturned by another court. It’s become a chess game of legislation from the bench, and frankly it’s getting rather annoying.
Finally the issue makes its way to where it belongs: The House and Senate. This has become such politicized bullshit. It is a talking point for the upcoming re-election and nothing more. Wooohooo! Way to increase your voting base, folks!
I personally don’t give a rip one way or another. Just tell me what the verdict is so I can prepare for the endless POSH briefings which are sure to ensue. I have a job to do, and so does everyone else in uniform, regardless their sexual orientation. This vote isn’t going to cause us to throw up our berets and jump into a ginormous round-bed bow-chick-baw-wao orgy. We’ll still have the same damned missions.
According to this report by the DoD (which shows that more like 85% think that they are serving along a gay servicemember…and it ain’t broke us yet!), this is not going to be the big mess that many of the loudest protesters seem to think it will be. The biggest problems will be making changes to benefits programs and time focused on POSH training when it ought to be focused on mission.
Congrats, gay folks. I look forward to continuing to serve with you. See ya ’round the chow hall/motor pool/orderly room/PT field.