Dec 20, 2010

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repealed

On Saturday, the United States Congress finally voted to repeal the 17-year-old Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that has barred LGBT servicemembers from being open about their sexual orientation. The final vote was 65-31, with eight Republicans voting in favor of repeal. The bill next goes to President Obama for signature--a given, as the President has clearly stated his support of repeal.

The discriminatory policy technically remains in effect until 60 days after the President and Joint Chiefs of Staff declare the military ready for repeal. Implementation will take place over time, according to the New York Times

While this is welcome news, DADT was hardly "the last bastion of legal discrimination based on sexual orientation," as claimed by the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday. Unless I slept through the establishment of full marriage equality, the end of employment discrimination, and the hundreds of other events that would need to occur to create full equality for LGBT citizens in this country.