"enormous consequences"

A new website is listing the hours, minutes and seconds since the ban on gays serving openly in the armed forces in the US was lifted.

It's been 165 hours, 56 minutes and 59 seconds a judge who ruled the current "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbians, gays and bisexuals serving openly was unlawful.

And by the time I finish writing this, it will probably be 166 hours and counting. In all that time there has been no reported break down in discipline or morale – in fact no problem at all with getting rid of the policy which told brave front line troops they could risk their lives fighting for the US, but couldn't tell their colleagues about their sexuality.

That's despite the "enormous consequences" threatened by the US Defense Secretary. You can check out the critique / mockery at

And if you are American and reading this, you may want to know that we were warned the same thing when the ban on gays serving in the UK's armed forces was lifted. And more than 87,000 hours later, there still aren't any "enormous consequences", except that gay troops are happier and pretty much nobody has a problem with it.

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