Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Breaking News!! DADT vote is Blocked in the Senate!!

Today, just about half and hour ago, the Republicans in the United States Senate successfully blocked a vote on the military authorization bill, of which the "repeal" provisions of Don't Ask Don't Tell was a part. From the Keen News Service...

The Senate Tuesday afternoon rejected a motion to break a Republican-led filibuster against an annual defense spending bill that includes language aimed at ending the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law banning gays. The vote was 56 to 43.
The vote was uncertain all the way up to the vote, started at 2:30 Eastern Time, as Democratic leaders were reportedly trying to negotiate an agreement with one or two senators to reach the 60-vote count they needed to proceed. But Republican stood united in their contention that a procedural restriction placed on consideration of the annual defense spending bill was politically motivated to win the votes of LGBT people and Latinos for the mid-term elections in November.
This is a sad day in American Politics. Every one of the Republicans, as well as Senator Blanche Lincoln from Arkansas voted against the motion to break the filibuster. Susan Collins from Maine, a senator who does not believe the DADT policy is good for the United States Military voted with the Republicans because she believed that the republican amendments to the bill should have been looked at. In my opinion, she put party over the right thing to do, and her and Senator Lincoln are the true reasons that this bill failed.

All we can hope for now is that the judge in California issues an injunction stopping the enforcement of this unconstitutional policy. 

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