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Military March

Dec 29th, 2010 08:09 PM By John

“Hup, two, three, four! Hup, two, three, four!

So the marching goes
And also so do I.
“Mine is not to question why,
But to do or die.”

My feelings for my fellow men
Are not the same as yours
Touching, kissing, holding hands
Must be done behind closed doors.

To give up freedoms of my own
Makes no sense at all;
For when it comes to protecting yours,
To duty they shall call!

Hup, two, three, four! Hup, two three four!” (c)

I wrote that poem in 2000, the year after I was discharged from the USAF. I only had the privilege of serving 9 months, but they were some of the best 9 months of my life.

Having dropped out of college due to financial constraints, I very hesitantly joined the military to be an Arabic Linguist. You see, I had already come out in the coal region/boonies of Pennsylvania when I was 16 and I wasn’t exactly what people would consider “butch”. So it shocked my family and friends when I told them I decided to join the military. But being stationed at the Defense Language Institute (DLI) in Monterey, CA was a dream come true. I made friends quickly and easily and I was being paid to learn Arabic. How cool is that? However, I had to cram myself back into the closet. It wasn’t easy and, in the end, my efforts were foiled by an innocent kiss.

I won’t bore you with the details, but the gist is that my roommate threatened to out me to my command based on a baseless rumor that I had been making out with a guy in the parking lot. If you want details, you can read SLDN’s 6th Annual Report (2000): Conduct Unbecoming.
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WATCH THE ‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL” REPEAL SIGNING CEREMONY

Dec 22nd, 2010 03:35 PM By

The following is video from The White House of today’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal signing ceremony:

PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS ‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL’ REPEAL

Dec 22nd, 2010 09:41 AM By

President Barack Obama signed the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Act of 2010 this morning. This is an extraordinary day for America and Equality!!

Watch some of President Obama’s comments via CNN:

According to MSNBC / The Associated Press:

“Declaring that members of the military will no longer be asked to lie, President Barack Obama fulfilled a campaign promise Wednesday and signed a landmark law repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the armed services.

“‘This is a good day,’ a beaming Obama said. ‘This is a very good day.’

“The service chiefs must complete implementation plans before lifting the old policy — and they must certify to lawmakers that it won’t damage combat readiness, as critics charge.

“But the signing ceremony was a breakthrough moment for the nation’s gay community, the military and for Obama himself. The president vowed during his 2008 campaign to repeal the law and faced pressure from liberals who complained he was not acting swiftly enough.

“Surrounded by senior military officials and members of Congress, Obama hailed the ‘courage and vision’ of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and praised Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, who advocated changing the 17-year-old policy.

“No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love,’ Obama said.

“He said the government will not be ‘dragging its feet’ to enforce the repeal and encouraged those discharged under the ban to rejoin the military.

“The change won’t be immediate, however. The bill requires the military service chiefs to complete implementation plans before lifting the old ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy — and certify to lawmakers that it won’t damage combat readiness, as critics charge.

“Also, guidelines must be finalized that cover a host of practical questions, from how to educate troops to how sexual orientation should be handled in making barracks assignments.

“…Born 17 years ago as a compromise between President Bill Clinton and a resistant Pentagon, the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy became for gay rights campaigners a notorious roadblock on the way to full acceptance.

“…’The implementation and certification process will not happen immediately; it will take time,’ Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz warned in an e-mail that went out right after Saturday’s Senate vote. ‘Meanwhile, the current law remains in effect. All Air Force members should conduct themselves accordingly.’

“Military and administration officials are wrestling with numerous legal questions raised by the end of the ban — knowing that courts are waiting in the wings. They include what to do about pending expulsion proceedings, and when those ousted under don’t-ask-don’t-tell might apply to rejoin the armed forces.”

Statement from our friends at the Human Rights Campaign:

Following the signing ceremony, HRC President Joe Solmonese made the following statement:

“Today gay and lesbian patriots serving their country in silence, and thousands more who wish to serve the country they love, can breathe a sigh of relief that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is on its way out. Soon, all service members will be able to serve with the full honesty and integrity the uniform demands. No more careers will come to an end because of an unjust law. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ has weakened our military readiness and is now on its way to the dustbin of history.”

“After 17 years of this failed and discriminatory law, a stain has been removed from our nation. This historic day would not be possible without the leadership of President Obama, Defense Secretary Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen. In the U.S. House of Representatives, we are grateful to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Rep. Patrick Murphy for their dogged determination. And in the U.S. Senate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Sens. Joe Lieberman, Susan Collins, Kirsten Gillibrand and Mark Udall will go down in history as champions of this national security measure. Through their leadership, they have made our nation more secure and restored honesty and integrity as core values of our military.”

“It’s now incumbent on the president and the Pentagon to act expeditiously so that the final nail can be put in the coffin of this unjust and discriminatory law.”

The final end to the discriminatory ban will happen only after a certification process followed by another 60 day period. The Human Rights Campaign continues to warn service members that even after the President signs the bill, they are at risk for discharge as the repeal of DADT is not effective immediately.

Statement from our friends at the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network:

“In signing this bill today, President Obama delivered on a defining civil rights measure for our country and for gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members who have been silenced for far too long. Clearly, this is President Obama’s Lyndon Johnson moment in history. A measure of dignity has been restored to thousands of service members on active duty, and to over a million gay veterans who served in silence. This historic moment is about those service members and their service,” said Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

“President Obama was decisive and forceful in steering the course as he brought along critical stakeholders, including the Defense Department. Now, it’s on to finishing the job at the Pentagon. Troops remain at risk under the law. We respectfully renew our call for Secretary Gates to use his authority to suspend all ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ investigations and discharges during this limbo period. Until there is certification and until the 60-day implementation period must be wrapped up no later than the first quarter of 2011.

“This victory would not have been possible without several tenacious Congressional leaders, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy. In the Senate we saw remarkable determination by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Chairman Carl Levin and Senators Lieberman, Mark Udall, Gillibrand, Collins and so many others,” said Sarvis.

Even after the President signs the bill, service members will remain at risk for investigation and discharge. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will still be the law until 60 days after the Commander-in-Chief, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs certify repeal can happen. Read SLDN’s warnings to service members: www.sldn.org/StillAtRisk.

WHAT IS CERTIFICATION:

The President would transmit to the congressional Armed Services Committees a written certification, signed by the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stating each of the following:

(A) That the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have considered the recommendations contained in the report and the report’s proposed plan of action.

(B) That the Department of Defense has prepared the necessary policies and regulations to exercise the discretion provided by the amendments made by subsection (f).

(C) That the implementation of necessary policies and regulations pursuant to the discretion provided by the amendments made by subsection (f) is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces.

REPEAL EFFECTIVE 60 DAYS AFTER CERTIFICATION TRANSMITTAL:

After the President transmits written certification to the congressional Armed Services Committees, full repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” would be effective 60 days later.

EXECUTIVE ORDER BY THE PRESIDENT:

Merely repealing DADT won’t ensure that lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members can serve free of discrimination based on their sexual orientation. Policies and regulations would need to be written and put in place. SLDN will encourage the President to issue an executive order protecting service members from discrimination based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

This gives the President the opportunity to show strong leadership by adding non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation to the uniform side of the military via Executive Order.

EO 9981 (1948) issued by President Harry Truman prohibited discrimination in the armed services on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin.

A Solider in the Army

Dec 21st, 2010 09:34 AM By Aric

There needs to be an end to this. I am in the military, and have a strong family. I have two daughters that are growing up in an environment that I am proud of… except for the discrimination of a group of people. I am currently serving in Afghanistan and have heard many soldiers in my unit discuss the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. I must say their comments were harsh and inconclusive with very little validation. I sat there taking in everything they had to say… keeping quiet as I just listened to the hypocritical conclusions they were coming up with…

Everything from sexual assault to plainly taking showers with the gay population. I was disgusted to be serving with these men because they were hypocrites to their own Constitution, the very essence of what they are fighting for. I explained that to them and they remained silent. I refuse to be a hypocrite in that notion. I will stand beside anyone who can pick up a M4 rifle and protect me in the line of fire. So yes… I may be the “odd” one in my unit… but I GIVE A DAMN!

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IT’S OFFICIAL! SENATE HAS FINAL VOTE OF 65 – 31 TO REPEAL “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL”

Dec 18th, 2010 03:52 PM By

It’s official, the United States Senate just had final vote of 65 – 31 to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and it is now on its way to President Obama for his signature. Great day for equality!

According to MSNBC / The Associated Press:

“In a landmark for gay rights, the Senate on Saturday voted to let gays serve openly in the military, giving President Barack Obama the chance to fulfill a campaign promise and repeal the 17-year policy known as ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’

“Obama was expected to sign it next week, although the change wouldn’t take immediate effect. The legislation says the president and his top military advisers must certify that lifting the ban won’t hurt troops’ fighting ability. After that, there’s a 60-day waiting period for the military.

“‘It is time to close this chapter in our history,’ Obama said in a statement after a test vote cleared the way for final action. ‘It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed.’

“The Senate vote was 65-31. The House had passed an identical version of the bill, 250-175, on Wednesday.

“Repeal would mean that, for the first time in American history, gays would be openly accepted by the military and could acknowledge their sexual orientation without fear of being kicked out.

“More than 13,500 service members have been dismissed under the 1993 law.”

According to The New York Times:

“The Senate on Saturday struck down the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, bringing to a close a 17-year struggle over a policy that forced thousands of Americans from the ranks and caused others to keep secret their sexual orientation.

“By a vote of 65 to 31, with eight Republicans joining Democrats, the Senate approved and sent to President Obama a repeal of the Clinton-era law, known as ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ a policy critics said amounted to government-sanctioned discrimination that treated gay and lesbian troops as second-class citizens.

“Mr. Obama hailed the action, which fulfills his pledge to reverse the ban. ‘As commander in chief, I am also absolutely convinced that making this change will only underscore the professionalism of our troops as the best led and best trained fighting force the world has ever known,’ Mr. Obama said in a statement after the Senate, on a 63-33 vote, beat back Republican efforts to block a final vote on the repeal bill.

“The vote marked a historic moment that some equated with the end of racial segregation in the military. It followed a review by the Pentagon that found little concern in the military about lifting the ban and was backed by Pentagon officials as a better alternative to a court-ordered end.

“Supporters of the repeal said it was long past time to end what they saw as an ill-advised practice that cost valuable personnel and forced troops to lie to serve their country.

“‘We righted a wrong,’ said Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut who led the effort to end the ban. ‘Today we’ve done justice.’”

From our friends at the Human Rights Campaign:

Moments ago, the Senate voted 65-31 on final passage of the bill that will initiate the repeal the 17 year old law known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” marking the beginning of the end for this outdated and discriminatory law. Joining nearly every Democrat in this historic vote, 7 Republicans stood on right side of history in voting to strengthen our military, and affirming that sexual orientation does not affect one’s ability to serve their nation.

The bill now goes to President Obama, and once being signed into law, the process of implementing repeal can begin.

“America made history today. After 17 years of this failed and discriminatory law, gay and lesbian service members will soon be able to serve with the full honor and integrity the uniform demands. No longer will patriots be forced to lie in order to serve the country they love and are willing to die for,“ said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “This vote by the United States Senate will have extremely positive ripple effects well beyond ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Our government has sent a powerful message that discrimination, on any level, should not be tolerated. “

So many people have made this work possible, from volunteers and organizers deployed across the U.S., Advocates in Washington and in the states, outspoken veterans and service members and the countless supporters that called, emailed, made visits to lawmakers and used online tools to get the word out about repeal.

…While the immediate impact of this bill may inspire folks from across the nation, it is important to note that full implementation has yet to take place, and that it is not yet safe for service members to disclose their sexual orientation.

SENATE VOTES 63-33 TO ADVANCE REPEAL OF “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL”

Dec 18th, 2010 12:19 PM By

The United States Senate voted today to advance the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” with a vote of 63 – 33.

According to MSNBC and The Associated Press:

“The Senate has voted to move ahead on legislation that would overturn the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops — a policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The 63-33 vote all but guarantees the legislation will pass the Senate and reach President Barack Obama by year’s end. Republicans had blocked previous votes on the bill on procedural grounds. But with a major tax bill finished and a Pentagon study released in favor of repealing the ban, several Republicans joined Democrats in supporting the bill. Final passage could come as early as Saturday afternoon.

“…Repeal would mean that for the first time in U.S. history, gays would be openly accepted by the military and could acknowledge their sexual orientation without fear of being kicked out. More than 13,500 service members have been dismissed under the 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law requiring uniformed gays to hide their sexual identity.

“Under the bill, the president and his top military advisers — the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — are required to certify to Congress that lifting the ban won’t hurt troops’ ability to fight. After that, 60 days must pass before any changes go into effect.

“The House approved the bill earlier this week by a 250-174 vote.”

According to CNN:

Statement from our friends at the Human Rights Campaign:

Today the U.S. Senate voted on legislation that will allow for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). This historic action comes on the heels of the passage of an identical bill Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives. President Obama has said that he will sign DADT repeal into law.

“Today, America lived up to its highest ideals of freedom and equality. Congress recognized that all men and women have the right to openly serve their country,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “Plenty of people had already planned the funeral for this legislation. Today, we pulled out a victory from what was almost certain defeat just a few days ago. We are grateful to President Obama, Majority Leader Reid and Sens. Lieberman, Collins and countless others for their dogged determination to repeal DADT.”

Today’s vote caps off two weeks of frenetic, roller-coaster activity. Last week, the Senate voted for the second time against allowing debate to begin on the National Defense Authorization Act, to which DADT repeal was attached. As a result, Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced a stand-alone repeal bill in the Senate. This Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a DADT bill sponsored by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and Representative Patrick Murphy (D-PA). That bill was advanced to the Senate and voted on today.

Statement from our friends at the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network:

“Gay, lesbian and bisexual service members posted around the world are standing a little taller today, but they’re still very much at risk because repeal is not final. I respectfully ask Defense Secretary Robert Gates to use his authority to suspend all ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ investigations during this interim period. Until the President signs the bill, until there is certification, and until the 60-day Congressional period is over, no one should be investigated or discharged under this discriminatory law. Even with this historic vote, service members must continue to serve in silence until repeal is final. Certification and the 60-day Congressional requirement must be wrapped up no later than the first quarter of 2011. The bottom line: for now, gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members must remain cautiously closeted,” said Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

“We owe a great deal of thanks to many Congressional leaders who got us here today — Patrick Murphy, Susan Davis, Speaker Pelosi, and House Majority Leader Hoyer. In the Senate this would not have happened without Chairman Levin and Senators Lieberman, Mark Udall, Gillibrand, Collins and so many others. But let me also personally thank Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. This is the defining civil right initiative of this decade and today’s bill passage would not have been possible without Harry Reid’s determined leadership. And finally, without commitment and a clear plan from the White House for the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group, we would not stand here today. I have no doubt the February testimony of Sec. Gates and Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, would not have happened without the President,” Sarvis said.

Here are some additional news stories and analysis of today’s vote:

TAKE ACTION: SENATE TO VOTE ON “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL”

Dec 17th, 2010 12:47 PM By

According to CBS News:

DamnAlert“After abandoning on Thursday night a $1.3 trillion omnibus Senate spending bill, Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid filed cloture for the DREAM Act and a stand-alone repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ – both of which are now expected to reach the Senate for final votes as early as this weekend.

“Reid, faced with receding Republican support for the spending bill (not to mention threats to read it aloud in its 1,924-page entirety), turned his attention instead to two bills that liberal Democrats hope to push through in the final days of the lame duck congressional session.

“The Senate is now expected to vote on debate for .. repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ on Saturday morning, and the Washington Post reports that final vote… could take place as early as Sunday or Monday.

“The Saturday vote on ‘Don’t Ask’ will be Senate Democrats’ third attempt this year to eliminate the policy, which prohibits openly gay men and women from serving in the military, and many believe it the best – and possibly last – chance to repeal the measure before a newly Republican-heavy Congress convenes in 2011.

“‘I want to thank Senator Reid for his leadership in bringing the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010′ to the Senate floor for a vote,’ said Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, one of the bill’s sponsors, in a recent statement. “I am confident that we have more than 60 votes to end this law that discriminates against military service members based solely on their sexual orientation. Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will affirm the Senate’s commitment to the civil rights of all Americans and also make our military even stronger.’

“The most recent attempt to repeal “Don’t Ask,” which was tied to a larger defense spending bill, is believed to have failed as a result of procedural objections by moderate conservatives like Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, who has said he would vote for repeal – but not until Congress had passed a tax plan.

“Upon the passage early Friday morning of a sweeping bipartisan tax bill, however, Democrats expect they now have the necessary 60 votes to avoid a filibuster and pass the bill.

“Republican Sens. Brown (who on Thursday confirmed his willingness to vote for the bill), Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) have said they would support the bill, and all but one Democrat – West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin – is believed to be in favor of voting for repeal.”

Learn more about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” >>

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Contact your senators today and let them know you want them to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” this weekend.

Call the Capitol Switchboard now. The lines are open 24 hours a day.

(202) 224-3121

If you need to know the name of your senators, just tell the operator where you live and ask them to connect you to your senators’ offices.

When the staffer picks up, tell them your name and where you’re calling from. Then say:

  • “I’m calling to express my support for repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Military leaders, troops, and the American people want this law repealed. As a voter, I will be paying close attention to their decision and will remember when the senator is next up for re-election.”

Most calls end right there, but if you’d like, you can add your personal reasons for opposing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Hang up and call your other senator’s office.

You can also take action through our friends at:

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U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES VOTES TO REPEAL “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL”

Dec 15th, 2010 10:14 PM By

According to The Washington Post:

“House lawmakers on Wednesday again approved a bill to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, delivering renewed momentum to the years-long campaign to end the ban on gays in the military ahead of a possible Senate vote next week.

“The House voted 250 to 175 to repeal the 17-year-old law; 15 Republicans voted for the bill, while 15 Democrats voted against it.

“The 75-vote margin was wider than a similar House vote in May, when language ending the ban was part of the annual defense authorization bill. That bill failed a procedural vote in the Senate last week, requiring another vote in the House on a separate measure to end to the gay ban.

“President Obama heralded the vote, saying in a statement that ending current military policy ‘is not only the right thing to do, it will also give our military the clarity and certainty it deserves. We must ensure that Americans who are willing to risk their lives for their country are treated fairly and equally by their country.’

“The Senate will not vote on the bill until next week at the earliest, according to a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.).

“The bill’s Senate sponsors, Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine), called for a quick vote. ‘We are out of excuses,’ they said Wednesday in a statement.

“Efforts to end “don’t ask, don’t tell” picked up a significant backer Wednesday in Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine). She said she would vote to repeal the law, joining Collins and Sens. Scott Brown (Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) as Republicans who have said they would do so – enough, when combined with the 57 Democrats who supported last week’s failed attempt, to overcome any attempt by opponents at a filibuster.”

Read the full The Washington Post story >>

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES COULD VOTE ON ‘DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL” TODAY

Dec 15th, 2010 12:29 PM By

DamnAlertToday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

The freestanding bill, with the same exact language that passed in May as part of the defense bill, is sponsored by Rep. Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania, a veteran of the Iraq war, and Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland.

Call the Capitol Switchboard now. The lines are open 24 hours a day.

(202) 224-3121

If you need to know the name of your representative, just tell the operator where you live and ask them to connect you to your representative’s office.

When the staffer picks up, tell them your name and where you’re calling from. Then say:

  • “Hi, this is [your name] and I’m calling to urge my representative to vote for repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – the same language that passed the House in May. It doesn’t matter whether a servicemember is lesbian, gay or straight. What matters is that a soldier gets the job done.”

Most calls end right there, but if you’d like, you can add your personal reasons for opposing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

SENATORS INTRODUCE FREESTANDING BILL TO REPEAL “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL”

Dec 13th, 2010 12:30 PM By

According to The Washington Post:

“Trying to salvage one of the year’s most tumultuous legislative endeavors, senators on Friday introduced a new bill, with bipartisan support, that would end the “don’t ask, don’t tell” ban on gays serving openly in the military.

“Initiated by Sens. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) a day after supporters of repeal saw their efforts defeated for the second time this year, the new bill uses the same language that had been tucked into the defense authorization bill.

“The defense bill failed in a procedural vote on Thursday, which frustrated supporters who said the defeat was the result of bad timing rather than a lack of votes. They sharply criticized Majority Leader Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) – who is racing through a packed legislative agenda as the congressional clock winds down – for moving prematurely. A similar attempt failed in September.”

Read the full The Washington Post story >>

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