In a landmark for gay rights, the Senate votes to let gays serve openly in the military

While the rest of America went Christmas shopping today, the Senate was busier than a one-armed paperhanger with a bad case of psoriasis.
And having a gay old time.
By a 65-31 vote, with even six Republicans saying aye, the Senate voted to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
You don’t have to ask President Obama if he will sign the bill. He will sign it while aides play fifes and drums, considering it enables him to fulfill a campaign promise. And he got this Christmas present just weeks before single-party rule ends in Washington.
DADT is a Clinton-era policy that allows gay men and lesbians to serve in the armed forces as long as they keep their sexual orientation a secret.
Nevertheless, gay members of the armed forces have endured some hellacious trauma. Do tell, people do ask and do tell. So gay activists banded together to lead the fight that led to today’s historic vote.
Even after Obama signs the bill, the law won’t go into effect immediately. The legislation says the president and his top military advisers must certify that lifting the ban won’t hurt troops’ fighting ability.
Of course they will certify that or they will have a brewing civil war to stave when gay activists storm the ramparts. I guess some folks still are queasy about gays in combat, apparently because they never saw a gay Roman centurion or a gay Viking marauder in the movies. The bottom line is you don’t have to be straight to shoot straight.
Earlier Saturday, a 55-41 vote in the Senate killed a measure that would have given a path to legalization for illegal immigrants who came into the country as children and who attend college or serve in the military.
So the military will have gays coming out of the closet and illegal aliens cloistered in the closet. As for college kids, they don’t care if students are illegals as long as they chip in to help pay for the beer kegs on Thursday nights.

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