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Democrats keep “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal alive

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Even though it seemed like legislative repeal of DADT, the policy which prevents gay, lesbian, and bisexual soldiers from serving openly, was basically off the table when the Republicans blocked it in September, it appears that Senate Democrats will try to pass the legislation in the lame duck session. From the NY Times:

In a direct challenge to Republicans who support the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the armed forces, the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, said he would push ahead with a military policy bill that includes language authorizing the Pentagon to repeal the ban…

Senate Democratic aides said Mr. Reid would try to take up the bill sometime in December, meaning after the Pentagon is due to release a report on how it would carry out a repeal. The report includes a survey of active-duty forces and their families, which shows that a majority do not care if gay men and women serve openly.

Republicans originally stated that Reid wanted to use the legislation to court gay votes before his very tight race with Sharron Angle (which Reid won). So now we have one more chance before the new class of Senators and Representatives arrives in DC. Hopefully we can see some forward movement.