Saturday, December 18, 2010

DADT Cloture Passes in the Senate

The Senate has voted not to allow a filibuster of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, meaning that the repeal bill will almost certainly pass when it is brought to a vote next week. It has already passed in the House. USAToday:
The bill to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" cleared a major Senate hurdle on Saturday and now heads toward a final, historic vote next week.

By a 63-33 vote, the Senate agreed to a procedural move limiting debate on the bill. The vote is a sign that repeal of the ban on gay people serving openly in the military will easily pass the Senate and head to President Obama's desk for his signature.

"We are on the verge of ending "don't ask, don't tell" for good," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. "This is one of those moments in our history when we stepped up and squared our policies with the values this nation was founded upon."

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said Saturday that the Senate action does not "just right a wrong" but it would "honor the service of a group of American patriots who happen to be gay and lesbian." Senate pushes 'don't ask' toward repeal

This is good news, of course, a discriminatory policy will fall by the wayside when President Obama signs the bill into law.


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