Mr. President: End DADT NOW!

In November we were told:

“There are issues around ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ that the president and, I think, many people believe are best dealt with through a legislative process and not through a legal system,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday.

And today this is what happened:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) failed to garner the necessary 60 votes for a procedural motion to start considering the 2011 defense authorization bill, which contains a provision to repeal the ban on openly gay people serving in the military. The final vote was 57-40.

Most Republicans stuck to their pledge to block any bills until a deal is reached on the extension of the Bush-era tax cuts and government spending for 2011 is resolved. Republican Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), who have expressed support for repealing the law, both voted no.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia also voted against cloture.

Almost immediately upon the failure of the Democrats to get anything done when they actually control Congress, the Human Rights Campaign launched an online campaign directly targeting President Obama and his campaign promise to get rid of DADT.

Their website reads:

The Senate has failed our military and failed the American people. It’s clearer than ever that we need President Obama to take action to end this law that hurts our families, our soldiers, and our national security.

Send your letter asking President Obama to honor his commitment to ending this law by giving up his Administration’s defense of this unconstitutional, discriminatory law and by enacting a stop-loss order to prevent any more discharges.



I am writing this at 4:00pm CST:

Joe Lieberman just tweeted that he and Senator Collins are going to bring a free-standing bill to repeal DADT that Reid has promised will be voted on before the end of this lame duck session.

We’ll see.


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