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“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” officially ends tonight

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What's it going to be like in twenty years when our children ask us about the struggle for gay rights in America? We'll tell them, "Yeah, well, President Clinton decided the best way to deal with gays in the military was to institute a policy called 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and, yeah, it was exactly what it sounds like." Kind of an embarrassingly dumb way to side-step the presence of gays in the armed forces, huh? I know Clinton was up against tremendous pressure to not allow gays to openly serve, but his solution amounted to an official endorsement of shoving gays in the closet. 

It's like when you're dating someone new and you kind of think they're sleeping with someone else, but you're not sure, and you don't even know if you want to know. So, you both sort of silently agree to DADT. You're like, "Um, yeah, I'm just gonna lay low tonight. Maybe see a movie with my friend or something." You know how that gets kind of awkward after a while? Imagine if you had to do that every day when you went to work. 

Obama put an end to DADT in December, but picked September 20 as the day it will officially end. Pentagon press secretary George Little gave a statement today assuring us that the army is ready for the gays: "No one should be left with the impression that we are unprepared. We are prepared for repeal." So everyone is ready! Tomorrow will be filled with people asking, telling, and yelling "I knew it!"