The vote went down as predicted as early as last week when the procedure used to push voting on NDAA by Reid became known. We did not get cloture, and we lost. The "why" is a many-headed hydra that will be discussed endlessly today and tomorrow. I'll revisit should it become necessary.
Have hope, Dear Hearts... Yes, I am crying as I write this - mostly because I am thinking of my partner getting the news and having to go back to class and pretend that none of this affects him.
Regardless of what happens in the next few minutes on the floor of the Senate, we will win. Alex and Jarrod have taught us to keep fighting no matter what, and that's what we will do.
Although it might seem our validation as human beings hangs on the whim of a few rich, old and (mostly) white straight people - this is truly not the case...
The tide has turned in our favor, and there is no going back now.
I've recieved about 20 emails from active duty folks and partners sharing a similar sentiment. It is their lives that are affected by this law, not mine. And yet they each, in the midst of their pain, made an effort to let me know that they have not lost hope.
I cannot let them down. We cannot let them down.
We're not done.