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Vote Count on ending DADT looks positive

Timothy Kincaid

May 26th, 2010

From the Chronicle

Supporters said Wednesday the Senate Armed Services Committee has enough votes to approve a bill overturning the ban on gays serving openly in the military.

The prediction came after several lawmakers on the panel signaled their support, including Sen. Ben Nelson, a conservative Democrat from Nebraska who had been considered a holdout.

“In a military which values honesty and integrity, this policy encourages deceit,” Nelson said of the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law.

If it is presented to the full Senate by the SASC as part of the Defense Authorization Bill, it would require 60 votes to sever it, and is likely to survive the process. The ‘someday when the military decides it’s ready’ provisions may provide the cover for moderate Democrats and Republicans to not fight the issue.

In the House, anti-gay Republicans led by Buck McKeon are trying to use a ‘amend the amendment’ ploy to add endless ‘study’ provisions and delay a vote indefinitely. This probably will not be allowed by the Rules Committee.

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Bearchewtoy75
May 26th, 2010 | LINK

I so don’t understand why we need this. I’m totally against DATD, but if Congress votes it out and the study says it should stay, what then?

John in the Bay Area
May 26th, 2010 | LINK

If the study says that it should stay, then Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen are liars. The study wasn’t suppose to be directed at the question of if Don’t Ask Don’t Tell should be removed, but what policies and other changes in the military need to be instituted to lift the ban.

If after the study, Gates starts saying that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell should stay, then either he should be fired or the president.

Edwin
May 26th, 2010 | LINK

This law wasn’t worth the paper it was written on back in 93. It never should have happened. Look at all the money that has been used to train those people then kicked them out with this stupid law. The sooner it is done away with the better this country will be.
So what if we are gay or lesbian our minds are just as good or better than the jerks that put this law into effect.

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