Don't Ask, Don't Tell Defeated in Senate -- Now What?

Kim Conte

don't ask don't tell t-shirtSenate Republicans blocked a bill Thursday that would have repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and would have allowed gay troops to serve openly in the military.

Despite a recent poll finding that 69 percent of Americans believe gay men and women should be allowed to serve openly in the military, only 57 senators voted to move the bill forward (60 votes were needed). It looks like the Republicans are staying true to their promise not to consider any measures in the lame-duck session until after the Bush-era tax cuts are extended.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is calling the vote "a huge disgrace and disservice to our country." Unfortunately -- given that there's just one week remaining in this session of Congress and Republicans are gaining even more votes in the new session -- it's unlikely that Congress will be able to revisit the issue of Don't Ask, Don't Tell any time soon.


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