This is great news and significant news – and not just because of the actuality for gay and lesbian military in the US which is obviously of prime importance – but for the huge message it sends out about equal rights.
When we had begun to think that Barack Obama’s mission might fail – as only last week there was no sign that this would be the result – it is just fantastic that the Bill went through (promoted by an independent Senator and a Republican) and that it passed with a healthy majority.
This is the ending of the ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ rule in the US military where if you are gay or lesbian – you mustn’t ever say you are. Ludicrous – but for the last seventeen years if you did say – you were expelled from the military. Hideous!
So many steps taken – so many still to go – but very heartwarming to see another (and very major) step in the right direction.