Senate Blocks ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal
Matt | On 22, Sep 2010
Welp, the Senate has spoken out about the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ military policy. They said .. “Umm .. we continue not to ask and you continue not to tell!” Simple as that.
Democrats in the Senate needed a 60-vote majority to consider legislation to repeal the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. They didn’t get it. The Senate voted 56-43 on the measure and that prevented it from getting further consideration.
The DADT policy was attached to a larger $726 billion defense spending bill. So, the whole thing got killed because of the policy that could have allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly. Mind you, there are thousands of members of the GLBT community that serve in the military now, but in silence.
Since 1993, over 13,000 service men and women have been given their walking paper from the military because of the policy. In this time of senseless war, the policy itself makes even less sense. People are willing to die for this country, but we tell them, “Hold that thought … who pressed your face into that pillow last night?!” Ummm… yeah, essentially that’s what we are telling brave soldiers.
The above clip is from The Rachel Maddow Show yesterday when Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) appeared on the Senate floor telling a story of gay soldiers he supports. Sen. Franken was clearly choked up recalling the story and disappointed at the lack of advancement in repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
It seems many senators only speak the languages of war, tax cuts, rich people, and Tea Party, so fairness doesn’t work in there too well with them.