Senator Scott Brown, who six days ago said he would support repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, has voted to block debate on repeal. The policy prohibits gays and lesbians serving in the forces from identifying themselves as gay.
The test vote needed to advance legislation was blocked by Senate Republicans this Thursday afternoon. The vote was 57 and they needed 60.
Last week, Brown was one of 42 GOP senators who signed a pledge not to advance any legislation until tax cuts and funding the government have cleared the queue.
Speaking to the AP, a Brown spokesman cited the pledge today: “A spokesman for Brown said Thursday he has been clear that he would not vote to repeal the law until after the Senate takes a vote on a tax package.”
Only one Republican voted for the repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell.”
Reichen Lehmkuhl, star of the LOGO reality series A-List, recently commented on the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.’ He said, “Obama has failed me. He told me during his election days that he feels that being gay is not a choice. He told me that he would end DADT. When presented with an opportunity to show he meant what he said, he didn’t deliver, but actually FOUGHT against us with his Justice Department when he was under no obligation to do so. He’s now just another politician afraid of not getting re-elected and, therefore, not making decisions like a leader would. ”
This is absolutely horrible news and a HUGE step backwards as a society fighting for equal rights. Where is the President that vowed to look out for all individuals: black, white, gay, and straight?
How do you feel about the vote?