After months of fits and starts, a bill repealing "don't ask, don't tell," the ban against gays serving openly in the military, passed the Senate 65 to 31 on Saturday.
Eight Republicans -- Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Susan Collins and Olympia J. Snowe of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mark Kirk of Illinois, John Ensign of Nevada, Richard Burr of North Carolina, and George Voinovich of Ohio -- joined 57 members of the Democratic caucus in support of the historic measure. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) did not vote Saturday, but released a statement saying he could not support repeal "at this time."
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that President Obama will sign the bill this week.
Working in the military helped bring in equality for women and blacks. It will probably do the same for gays and lesbians. I hope it will then end the gay marriage wedge issue, which keeps a lot of smart people from voting for economic conservatives. We'll see.
Even a blind hog can find an acorn every now and then. Good job, President Obama !