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House Passes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal, Awaits Senate Action

| On 16, Dec 2010

The House has passed the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' bill and now it's headed to the Senate. Will they step up and pass it?

The long saga of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ military policy continues to drag along.

On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a stand-alone piece of legislation that would repeal the military’s policy that prevents gays and lesbians serving openly. The measure passed the House by a margin of 250-175.

It is now up to the Senate to determine the bill’s fate. Five Republican senators have expressed their support of the DADT repeal, including Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe (both of Maine), Scott Brown (Massachusetts), John Ensign (Nevada), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska). That offers an advantage for Democrats who are short on their side of the aisle of the 60-vote threshold to get it through the Senate.

Observers are concerned, though, that the Senate’s rush to handle other issues is going to prevent them from voting on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ before the end of the year. That would not be a good thing because the next Congress will have a Republican majority in the House and a stronger GOP minority in the Senate. Many Republicans do not support gay rights or changes in the military’s policy.

Why are we still talking about the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy? You would think in 2010 that people could be a little more open-minded. The U.S. is engaged in two long-ass wars and there’s a lot of global uncertainty right now (North Korea, Russia, etc.). We need every warm volunteering body we can to staff our military. I hope that the Senate can get this one through so we can be done with it.

When are people going to wake up?

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