First, this didn't have to go on this long; Obama could have asserted himself in a much more efficient manner. And Obama still has to assert himself. This ONLY takes DADT off the books. Obama needs to issue a direct non-discrimination order to the military.
Second, this process has included a great deal of distaste for our judiciary. As a child, when I learned about the various branches of government, I learned that the courts were always, always, our last, best hope of a just a-political society. Of course, judges are not appointed and elected without politics, and judges are also imperfect, and god knows the Supreme Court makes me angry/nervous often enough. But I believe in the inherent good of the ideal of the judiciary. And our national politics are, at present, demonizing the judiciary from both the left and the right. I find this highly, HIGHLY problematic, and we need step the fuck back from this as a nation.
Third, repeal DOMA. Make sure the spouses and legal partners of LGBT people, and particularly of LGBT service people get the respect and benefits they are entitled to.
Fourth, multiple aspects of our marriage-centric society are problematic. Despite this, we still need marriage equality now.
Fifth, homophobia and misogyny run hand in hand. Rape, homophobia and misogyny run hand-in-hand. We need to look at how we treat women and theoretically feminine characteristics, both in and outside of the military, and get over our shit as a nation.
Sixth, pass ENDA. It is still legal to fire people for being queer in the majority of US states.
John McCain, what the fuck? Did you only support DADT repeal when you thought it would never happen? Are you just pandering to the increasing conservatism of your state? Or have your convictions changed? You've embarrassed yourself. Shamed yourself. Shamed our nation on this. Really.
Congress members who voted for this repeal, especially if you once held a different point of view or found this hard to vote for and voted for it anyway? Thank you. Thank you for your courage and self-examination.
People who think this doesn't matter -- this is the first time my national government is ACTIVELY saying I am human, equal, and worthy. You don't know what that's like until you haven't got it.