WASHINGTON — The Senate on Saturday struck down the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, bringing to a close a 17-year struggle over a policy that forced thousands of Americans from the ranks and caused others to keep secret their sexual orientation.

In the armed forces we finally have true democracy. From now on, when the American military invades a country its inhabitants can glow in the knowledge that they are being killed by a multi-cultural and sexually diverse force unlike any other in the world. A military previously filled only with working class people of color, people of no color, and people of some color, will now include people of sexual persuasions once forced into secrecy in order to be members of our invading forces . At last, the descendants of slaves, indentured servants, manual laborers, legal and illegal immigrants and people formerly defined as sexual deviants  have finally achieved the American dream of equality. Makes you feel kinda warm and patriotic, doesn’t it?