But in a small miracle, the vote to allow a vote on the repeal the military's discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy passed with 60 votes. This clears the way for an "up or down vote" (remember those?) in 30 hours, and it only needs 51 votes to pass. This virtually ensures the end of DADT.
And while ultimately this law only effects a relative handful of people, it has much broader implications. It is easier to hold on to prejudices and bigotry when there are institutionalized laws and policies that separate those same people out. DADT (and the "Defense of Marriage Act" or DoMA) are two things a homophobe could point to and say, "see, the government agrees with me." With the repeal of DADT, we have one less institutionalized discriminatory law, and that is a very good thing. As for the DREAM Act, I'm for it, but don't have a huge chip on my shoulder about it. It sounds like a great idea, but it is not my fight.
Senate votes to advance 'don't ask, don't tell,' DREAM Act fails
The Senate voted 63-33 Saturday to proceed to a final vote to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy which bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces. . .
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