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It’s Personal ~ DADT repeal signed with video x2

The Senate today voted 63-33 to move forward with the bill to repeal DADT.  With the House already having passed the same bill and the Senate now only needing a simple majority (51) for the bill to pass it looks like DADT will soon be history.


TalkingPointsMemo is now reporting that the final vote on the repeal measure is today at 3:00pm.  December 18, 2010 looks like it is shaping up to be a most wonderful (Christmas came early) day for so many people.

This hits particularly close to home because most of you know that I was discharged from active duty in the 1990s after having admitted to having had a homosexual relationship.  I was lucky in the sense that I was given the opportunity to make the admission and be given an honorable discharge.  Had I chosen not to I would have faced an investigation into the allegations.  Considering I had opened my big mouth and told someone about that relationship I didn’t want to get my friends and colleagues in any trouble so I made the admission and was granted the honorable discharge.

Did I mention that while all this was going down I was in the hospital having survived a suicide attempt and while dealing with anorexia?  Because, of course, getting someone out of the military who had been in a homosexual relationship was so important.

So today I cheer the vote already held and look forward with great anticipation to the vote to come later on.  And I remember those men and women who were my friends and co-workers who had to sneak around and hide their true selves while serving their country.


~~to be continued as events unfold~~

Lt. Choi gets his ring back from Sen. Reid.  I think his remarks afterward are quite powerful.


  1. HappyinVT

    or recognizes the inevitability of passage.  He’s agreed to waive the 30-hour waiting period between the cloture vote and the actual vote which is why it’s happening today and not tomorrow.

  2. Kysen

    wanna give ya a huge hug…it was a ridiculous rule and has long deserved repeal.

    This pic I swiped from a dkos diary struck me…


    Pelosi and Reid AND Obama all deserve a round of applause.  

  3. fogiv

    Today, the Senate has taken an historic step toward ending a policy that undermines our national security while violating the very ideals that our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives to defend. By ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” no longer will our nation be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans forced to leave the military, despite years of exemplary performance, because they happen to be gay. And no longer will many thousands more be asked to live a lie in order to serve the country they love.

    … It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed.

  4. HappyinVT

    facing surgery for prostate cancer but Sen. Manchin couldn’t get out of a family holiday obligation.  ‘Cause WV is soooooo far away from DC.

  5. And an intensely moving personal story. Only you could have written this diary, with this understanding, from your own incredible personal experience

    I’m going to leave a big space from my next sentence, because, in comparison, your heartfelt expressions are sacred

    Meanwhile on other less considererd threads I’m hearing that DADT repeal is a cynical step by the military industrial complex to use gays as cannon fodder

    So now you know

  6. HappyinVT

    A state lawmaker from Virginia is so upset about the Congress repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell that he wants to institute a mini-DADT banning gay men and lesbians from the Virginia National Guard.

    “It’s a distraction when I’m on the battlefield and have to concentrate on the enemy 600 yards away and I’m worried about this guy whose got eyes on me,” the lawmaker, Delegate Bob Marshall (R), told WUSA9. “If I needed a blood transfusion and the guy next to me had committed sodomy 14 times in the last month I’d be worried.”


    Dude doesn’t sound all that adventurous between the sheets.

    (Gov. McDonnell isn’t interested in the bill and there’s some question whether it is legal for any state to pass such restriction.)

  7. HappyinVT

    former Lt. Choi has been invited by the president to attend tomorrow’s signing ceremony.

    I hope Sen. Reid is there to give Choi his West Point ring back.

  8. Strummerson

    What a beautiful teleprompter!  

    I’m drowning in kool-aid!

    But seriously, I shed a few tears as well.

    My children will grow up in a more decent country than I did because of today.


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