Congress advances repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"
That's right, Rioters! The House of Representatives voted (234-194) to repeal the 17-year-old law that has been the cause of around 14,000 ready and willing soldiers losing their jobs. Also today the Senate Armed Services Committee voted (16-12) to approve the same bill that would effectively repeal DADT. This means that the defense bill, which the repeal of DADT is tied to, will go to the floor of the full Senate this summer.
While most Democrats - including the President - are supportive of the measure, some Dems and most Republicans are against it. They believe that it will be "devastating to war fighters and the combat infantrymen," as Rep. John Shimkus (Rep. - IL) said.
A few of you Rioters have already told me the same thing: we shouldn't allow gay men and women to serve openly in the military, because it might upset some infantrymen. Sorry, folks, but if you can shoot and run and do the pushups and knock down doors and all-around get the job done, then you should be able to be a soldier. Though, admittedly, I cannot say I'm not biased, what with my being infected with The Gay and all.
I hope today marks the beginning of the swift end of Don't Ask Don't Tell. I also hope that there will be some sort of retroactive reparations made to the thousands of soldiers fired due to their respective bed buddies. 1 out of 2 won't be bad.
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Love and Lyte,