House votes to allow repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

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Just in case you missed it over this long holiday weekend, at the end of last week the House voted to allow the repeal of the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy against gays, as did the Senate Armed Services Committee. It’s a huge step in the right direction — very promising — but as Rachel Maddow points out, there’s still a long way to go: the full Senate has to pass it in the next few weeks, then the Pentagon has to complete its review by December 1st, 2010 of how best to implement a repeal while maintaining military cohesion and readiness (which, we assume, includes deciding even if there’s any way to do that), then the President, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defense Secretary need to sign off on it, and only then, 60 days later, would DADT be repealed (or start to be repealed). Phew! Check out her above clip for a great summary of the distinctions between allowing repeal and actual repeal. And check out this basic overview by the New York Times of the whole 17-year policy.