Well, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” remains alive and well, thanks to the troglodytes in the Senate G.O.P. Oh, and some Democrats voted against the repeal as well. Motherfuckers. But is anyone really surprised? Voting on Big Gay Issues to the benefit of said gays scares the living hell out of people, especially those on the Right. Like Roger Ebert tweeted the other day, “GOP against middle class, poor, unemployed, Hispanics, blacks, gays, and the uninsured. Who’s left?”
The effort to lift the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian service members had a major setback Tuesday when Senate Democrats failed to win the 60 votes needed to advance a defense bill that included conditional repeal of the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell law.
Arkansas Democratic Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor joined all Republicans in opposing the measure. And neither of Maine’s Republican Sens. Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe, who had been the target of a media campaign by Lady Gaga, supported advancing it.
Gay rights advocates, who said they believed today’s vote was the best opportunity in the foreseeable future to achieve a repeal, expressed disappointment at the vote but hope the Senate might still act after the November elections.
“Time is the enemy here,” said Aubrey Sarvis of the Service Members Legal Defense Network, a gay and lesbian advocacy group. “We now have no choice but to look to the lame duck session where we’ll have a slim shot. The Senate absolutely must schedule a vote in December when cooler heads and common sense are more likely to prevail once midterm elections are behind us.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he would push for reconsideration of the legislation later this year.
Oh, and get a load of John McCain’s ridiculous swaggering:
Senate Republicans also accused Democrats of advancing the repeal measure and the DREAM Act amendment, which would provide a path to legal status to young illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. before age 15 and complete college or military service, for purely political reasons.
“This is a cynical ploy to try to galvanize and energize their base,” McCain said ahead of the vote.
via ABC News
Cynical? Bite me, McCain. This was not a “cynical vote”, but it’s easy to see why people in this country are cynical about ever ending this ridiculous discrimination against men and women who are willing to DIE for this country.