Gabriel Arana is a senior editor at The American Prospect. His articles on gay rights, immigration, and media have appeared in publications including The New Republic, The Nation, Salon, The Advocate, and The Daily Beast.
Rep. Barney Frank hugs Speaker Nancy Pelosi during an enrollment ceremony for the bill to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Today, the president will sign a bill repealing "don't ask, don't tell," the 1993 law that bars gays from serving openly in the military. Given the amount of public support for allowing gay people to serve openly (over two-thirds of Americans favor repeal), it had largely become a question of when and how -- and not if -- the law would be repealed. All except the most committed opponents had abandoned arguing on the merits; they quibbled about process, timing, and implementation.
On this week's podcast from The American Prospect: Tim Fernholz, Monica Potts, and Jamelle Bouie discuss Richard Holbrooke's untimely death, the war in Afghanistan, and the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."
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