Good to see the repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’, the almost comical rule that tolerated gay personnel in the US military as long as they never openly admitted it. Common sense at last prevails, although not without a chorus of disapproval from the usual sort of voices. One of the most prominent opponents was Senator John McCain who said “I hope that when we pass this legislation that we will understand that we are doing great damage…. Today is a very sad day.” The Family Research Council, some hideous carbuncle on the backside of the body politic, shaped its response in terms that can only be described as hysterical:
Today is a tragic day for our armed forces. The American military exists for only one purpose – to fight and win wars. Yet it has now been hijacked and turned into a tool for imposing on the country a radical social agenda. This may advance the cause of reshaping social attitudes regarding human sexuality, but it will only do harm to the military’s ability to fulfill its mission.