Thursday, December 9, 2010

DADT Law Repeal Not Dead Yet

Many of us who have worked and are working towards the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell were saddened today. As I wrote yesterday, the law that was signed by former President Bill Clinton which bars openly gay and lesbian members was bought to a vote today. Democrats needed a vote of 60 to bypass a filibuster. Sadly the vote was cast with a final vote of 57-40, falling shy of the 60 mark by 3 vote. Only one Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WA) voted no to repealing the law. Among the other pivotal votes were those of Republican senators, Scott Brown (R-Mass), Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and., all of whom went along with a majority of Senate Republicans who voted no. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) who said she would vote yes, wound up voting no. In a turnaround, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), to the surprise of many, voted yes to repeal. It is no wonder it is said “ Politics make strange bedfellows”.

Congress held back on many bills because of Republican filibuster, including blocking the Dream Act as well as jobless benefits. Also not passed was a 250 dollar payment to those who receive Social Security. All is not lost however, regardless of Republicans standing in the way of repealing DADT. Although it was hoped DADT would be repealed as an attachment to the National Defense Authorization Act, but wasn’t, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins have stated they will bring the DADT Repeal again in the lame duck session as a stand alone bill. It would be independent of the National Defense Act. Although it will still be an uphill battle, Sen. Lieberman still contends that the 60 votes ( and more) to repeal are indeed there. The problem is that Republicans insist on not giving into DADT repeal without getting their tax agenda sealed first.

Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sent out this statement from her Twitter account :
If the new Lieberman & Collins #DADT bill passes Senate, an army of allies stands ready to pass standalone repeal in House
With all of the shenanigans and maneuvering happening in Congress, it will take the efforts of not only those Senators that are working towards repeal. It will take the efforts of the LGBT community to also make it across this impasse. We who are working alongside our allies for the repeal, are not strangers to hard work, and we are not quitters. It will get done.


  1. I really hope that this is not going to continue over several years; that would totally suck. I still find it silly that men and women of the LGBT can't serve openly in the armed forces? I still haven't read any valid reasons as to why they can't. It's the same as being open in general, isn't it? I don't know. It just shows that America still has a ways to go if we're trying to practice what we preach in being equal.

  2. All is not lost. The Republicans can block civil rights and the well being of the poor but for so long! Thing's will change. Thanks for hanging in there!

  3. This redundant filibuster tactic is exhausting..SMH

  4. I agree. It's totally unbelievable that so many actions are being blocked and held hostage until the rich get their tax breaks. We'll just have to wait it out. I now it's stressful but we can't give up.


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