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Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal: DADT Decision Marks An Evolution For The United States

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The United States Senate voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell today which means it will go to President Obama to sign into law. Today marks as of the greatest and most historic days in our nation's history.

The decision to repeal DADT was not just the right thing to do, but the only thing to do. It sends a message to the entire world that the United States is a tolerant nation and willing to accept gay men and women into the armed forces with no questions asked. Let's not forget that President Clinton's decision to implement Don't Ask Don't Tell during his presidency, started this debate. Had Clinton done nothing like his predecessors it's clear we wouldn't be having this conversation.

The DADT repeal vote passed the Senate by an overwhelming 65-31 margin after a Republican-led filibuster earlier in the day. Even eight Senate Republicans voted in favor of repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. This comes a few days after the House voted to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell on Wednesday. 

The DADT decision comes a little over a month after the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of upholding Don't Ask Don't Tell.

December 18, 2010 will go down as a day when logic prevails in our American government. Our nation was founded on a belief that citizens not be held back due to their political, cultural, ideological, or religious beliefs. The same should go for sexual orientation.

With the rational decision by our Senate and House, hopefully it will lead to an Amendment legalizing gay marriage.

Unfortunately, decisions like these will only fuel the hatred of hate groups like the Westboro Baptist Church. Fortunately, the majority of our nation is rational and understands the Westboro Baptist Church members are nothing more than bottom feeding extremists who seek to advance their draconian agenda. Ultimately, they are just a small minority in this country - albeit a very vocal one, which gets a lot of press.

A larger part of our nation - consisting of most our citizens (8 in 10 Americans), armed forces and Federal government have finally seen the light and decided that it's time to allow people to join the military regardless of their sexual orientation.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com