Interesting article below but bottom line, Dont Ask, Dont Tell  is history. Saturday morning it was voted to be repealed. Its interesting that a large percentage of our military was against changing it, and even the poll by "you" the readers equated to be against it… what majortiy was for changing it?
Your poll results from OMV readers HERE resulted after asking:
Should the DADT ban be repealed?
Yes: 25 votes
No:136 votes
So why is it being repealed????

The below article is from the Miami Herald. They seem to want the "dream act" as well to pass. Go figure.

The U.S. Senate struck a blow for equal rights on Saturday by repealing the 17-year ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. The 65-31 vote will make it much easier for untold numbers of men and women who want to serve their country to do just that without having to lie about their sexual orientation.

On the same day, however, the Senate crushed the hopes of hundreds of thousands of young people here illegally through no fault of their own. The Dream Act, which would create a path to legal status for illegal student immigrants, was rejected by the Senate, 55-41, in a vote to bring it to the floor for debate.

The U.S. House has already approved both measures, so the death of the military's “don't ask, don't tell'' policy is certain, while the Dream Act remains in limbo — as does the fate of the young adults, brought here illegally as children, who want to graduate from college or serve in the military as a way to earn legal status. While enough GOP senators — eight — supported the repeal, only three voted for the Dream Act.

So, ironically, the Senate opened the door to military service for one group while slamming it shut for another. Let's hope this isn't the end of the Dream Act. It will have a tougher sell in 2011 when the Republicans take over the House and increase their numbers in the Senate.

That said, the “don't ask, don't tell'' repeal is a win-win for everyone. Since its inception in 1993 during the Clinton administration, the policy has forced more than 13,500 service members to leave the military. Some were much-needed Arabic translators. Many served honorably in both Afghanistan and Iraq. They were treated like second-class citizens rather than honored and respected for service to their country.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates, a holdover from the Bush administration and a supporter of the repeal, has said that the change won't be put in place until the planning needed to create an orderly transition is complete.

The new law requires the president, the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to jointly determine that policies are in place to carry out repeal “consistent with military standards for readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion and recruiting and retention.'' Then another 60 days must pass before the change goes into effect.

There'll be nothing hasty or casual about this transition.

The repeal follows an exhaustive study by the Pentagon showing that repealing “don't ask, don't tell'' would result in few disruptions to unit cohesion and retention. However, members of combat units and the Marine Corps have more reservations than the majority of service members expressed. Mr. Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledge these concerns but say that discipline and professionalism will overcome such qualms.

At least 25 nations allow gays and lesbians to serve in the military — including Great Britain, Canada and Israel. Surely, the time has come for the United States to adopt the same enlightened policy. With two ongoing wars, the U.S. military simply can't afford to exclude any individual able and more than willing to serve.

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  1. Folks don’t understand the can of worms that the congress has opened with this. How many good military members will be forced to leave because they are deemed “homophobic”? Homosexuals have not only been given the “right” to serve openly, they have been given a “special” status that they will use any chance they get… A sad day for the greatest military in the world. Semper Fi…

  2. The issues run the gamut from a U.S.-Russia nuclear treaty to a measure that would provide a pathway to citizenship for young undocumented immigrants to a bill that would repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law banning gay individuals from serving openly in the military…what are any of the above doing to strengthen America? Answer nothing! We are becoming a weaken country by plan. Wake up America. Is this what you voted for?

  3. Gay or not they are still important assets. You may not like them but they still fight for our country everyday. DADT wouldn’t even be a big deal if it wasn’t started, by homophobic’s. We’ll get through this just fine. I’m more worried about the rapist’s they the homosexuals.

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