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Senate’s effort to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” fails

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Gay soldier protesting Don't Ask Don't Tell

Republican Senators prevented a debate on "Dont Ask, Don't Tell" from moving to the Senate floor, in a serious setback for those trying to repeal the bill. In a fifty six to forty three vote, senators fell short of getting the sixty necessary to start debate on the annual defense bill, which included an amendment to consider DADT.

The bill would also have allowed debate of the DREAM Act, legislation that would allow young immigrants to gain citizenship if they join the military or enroll in college. John McCain, an out-spoken opponent of the amendment (who was in favor of repealing DADT as recently as the 2008 election), called the planned debate:

A blatant and cynical attempt to galvanize the Hispanic vote in the case of the DREAM Act and to also energize the gay and lesbian vote in the case of 'Don't Ask, Don' t Tell.

The Senate won't have a chance to vote on the defense bill again until after the midterm elections, in a lame-duck and likely Republican-dominated Senate. Essentially, all likelihood of DADT getting repealed is gone, at least at any point in the near future.