The article has many good points, but it fails to even allow a few days for celebration and the author seems to feel that I should be bitter rather than happy. Yes, the repeal was overdue. Yes, it should never have been enacted. Yes, there is still much that needs to be done. However, feeling some accomplishment and some joy at the fall of a rotten piece of legislation before identifying other targets seems like a good thing to do. Reflecting on an accomplishment and identifying what worked and what did not seems like the best course of action rather than bitterly stating that it is not enough.
The closing sentence of that article is jaded beyond belief. "I'm overjoyed that Don't Ask, Don't Tell is dead. But I can't help but find more bad than good associated with its repeal."
How can you feel that there is more bad than good associated with the repeal? The fact is that it stood for 17 years as one of the most visible pieces of discriminatory legislation and short of a time machine to change that history there is nothing to do but celebrate it's fall. The repeal represents movement in one of the most conservative, change resistant institutions that America has- it's military.
The simple fact is that decades after the civil rights movement there remains work that needs to happen before there is any true equality and discrimination based on skin colour ends. There is no reason to believe that it will not be the same with gay rights and acceptance. It will take decades, and if you only look at the distance to go and refuse to celebrate the victories no matter how small and how long they take I think you may be a bitter, jaded, unhappy person before you see equality. (This coming from a bitter, jaded, occasionally unhappy person.)