Gays and lesbians in the U.S. military are rejoicing at the news that the US Senate has voted to repeal the controversial 'don't ask, don't tell' policy -- the so-called 'gay ban' on gays serving in the military.
On Friday (May 28), a Senate panel approved an amendment to repeal the ban by 16-12. Later, lawmakers in the House approved the amendment by 234 to 194. The measure still requires a full Senate vote.
This means that more than 60% of gay enlisted soldiers will now 'come out' to their superiors -- and demand special treatment in the process.
Gays in the military will no longer be forced to hide in plain sight. Gay soldiers can now solicit each other for sex openly in the barracks without risking a dishonorable discharge.
The 'don't ask' policy was originally intended as a solution to the military practice of seeking out gay soldiers for discharge. As long as the soldiers didn't reveal their sexual orientation, they were safe.
But since the policy was put in place, more than 10,000 gay and lesbian soldiers have been discharged for violating the policy.
A great new day is dawning for the United States armed forces!