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“Gay apparel’ to soon include military uniforms; Senate deep-sixes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Posted by James McPherson on December 18, 2010

In a 63-33 procedural vote, the U.S. Senate has effectively killed the ridiculous Clinton-era law regarding homosexual service in the military. The vote gives President Barack Obama his second big win in a week–and produces another high-profile loss for the increasingly irrelevant John McCain.

Though a formal vote  on the bill itself (which has passed the House and will require only 51 Senate votes to go to the president) is still to come this afternoon and the changes will take some time to implement, the United States is on the verge of joining the rest of the “civilized” world in allowing openly gay soldiers to serve their country and to be killed in stupid wars.

For the record, here are other countries that allow homosexuals to serve in the military: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Uruguay.

Merry Christmas to the gay community and to all those who care about fairness.

Same day update: As expected, the Senate passed the bill. Two more Republicans joined the side of fairness, making the final count 65-31.

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5 Responses to ““Gay apparel’ to soon include military uniforms; Senate deep-sixes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’”

  1. Edward Koziol said

    What’s going to be your solution to queers wanting to get married while serving in the military?However now they can start the Barney Franks Fudge Packer platoon and for their banner/flag they can have crossed penises instead of swords.But I believe they could serve their country.

  2. James McPherson said

    Nice confirmation of what kind of person you are, Ed, but I don’t fear gays or gay marriage. And if 25 other nations have no problem with gay soldiers, I don’t understand why people here do.

  3. Bloodhound said

    We have a problem because America was founded on Christian principles, and the Bible says homosexuality is Sin! Of course, if you are not Christian, then this doen’t bother you, just like it doen’t bother any of the Progressive Left Pukes, Pelosi, Reid, and all the other Worthless, UnAmerican A$$wipes.

  4. James McPherson said

    And for someone who isn’t Christian, perhaps language like yours wouldn’t be offensive, either. And you seem to think we should live in some weird version of a theocracy–like many Muslim nations, except with more insulting language–than in the republic our founding fathers chose to set up.
    I suppose we Christians can thank God they went with their version, instead of yours.

  5. […] Though as a society we obviously have a long way to go, Shepard has seen changes in the treatment of gays–less fear in the eyes of her audiences, a country in which most Americans now support gay marriage, and of course the repeal of the ludicrous “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” […]

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