Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Passes US Senate, Signed by President

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Several Republicans joined in repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, thus allowing soldiers who are homosexual to serve openly and without fear of being discharged.  US Sen. Manchin (D-WV), who had not supported the policy in previous votes, was conspicuously absent; otherwise, the entire Democratic delegation supported.

Republicans supported the repeal of DADT included: US Sens. Brown (R-MA), Burr (R-NC), Collins (R-ME), Ensign (R-NV), Kirk (R-IL), Murkowski (R-AK), Snowe (R-ME), and Voinovich (R-OH).

The vote was 65 – 31.

Wednesday, December 22, Atlanta-based GLBT advocacy groups held a victory party at Manuel’s Tavern.

Incidentally, APN’s Editor–yours truly–wrote an op-ed for Southern Voice magazine called, “The Anti-War Case against Gays in the Military.”  It looks like the need for the US military-industrial complex to have more warm bodies won out in the end.

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