The US Senate has voted to end the 17-year policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” This, coupled with a vote earlier in the week in the House of Representatives, will send the legislation to the president’s desk. And that will end a policy of official discrimination against gays by the US military. This is nothing short of a civil rights movement for the modern era.
Conservatives failed to muster the votes to defeat the legislation. They lacked a coherent argument. In the words of a conservative icon from the earlier civil rights era (via MSNBC),
“As Barry Goldwater said, ‘You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight,”‘ said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., referring to the late GOP senator from Arizona.
About damn time.