As the Senate voted to end the "Don't Ask,Don't Tell" policy I was surprised to learn that Democrat Reid quoted conservative Republican Barry Goldwater, of all people: "You don't have to be straight to shoot straight". On the other hand, I shouldn't really be surprised that a politician takes a simplistic viewpoint regarding an issue involving basic human rights. When will they ever learn....?
BTW-Activists are suggesting that military personnel not declare themselves until at least after the bill goes into effect. I can't say that I disagree. A little paranoia is sometimes both justified and healthy.
Some day the Equal Rights Amendment of the 1960's will apply even to those who place their lives on the line to defend the Constitution.