UPDATE: 3:30 pm – DADT officially repealed by the Senate, 65-31.
This morning, the Senate voted 63-33 to break the filibuster on the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell repeal bill, meaning a straight (ahem) majority vote will take place tomorrow which will guarantee that “DADT is history,” according to political website Talking Points Memo. President Obama made a statement today praising the Senate and their decision to take this “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,” TIME magazine reports.
This is excellent news for gay servicemen and women and Lady Gaga fans alike. But I think in the end, repealing DADT will do even more good away from the battlefield. As I stated back in October when we covered the string of suicides by gay teens across the country, the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell sends a message of acceptance and hope to young people who need to know they’re not alone and not reviled.
I hope the families of Asher Brown, Ty Smalley, Tyler Clementi and all the gay kids whose tragic stories were never told are able to take some comfort in this proud moment in our nation’s history. I hope Dan Savage and Ft. Worth City Councilman Joel Burns and even Secretary Clinton and President Obama are able to rejoice for being so vocal in their support of gay youth. And, most importantly, I hope Lady Gaga fires up the grill and cooks her meat dress in Central Park in celebration of the new era she helped usher in. And that @SenatorReid tweets about it.