The recently-concluded Senate vote that had an impact on the push to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that prohibits gays from serving openly in the military did not go the way repeal supporters would have hoped, according to a report on the Washington Post.
Senators Joseph I. Lieberman and Susan Collins, two key supporters of the repeal, shared that they intend to introduce another piece of legislation. The Post reported, however, that since the congressional calendar is winding down, it is unlikely that this legislation will be passed, if ever it is introduced anytime soon.
President Barack Obama, who is in favor of overturning the policy, issued a statement which said in part: “Despite having the bipartisan support of a clear majority of senators, a minority of senators are standing in the way of the funding upon which our troops, veterans and military families depend… This annual bill has been enacted each of the past 48 years, and our armed forces deserve nothing less this year.”
The Post also reported that there was no immediate comment issued from Department of Defense regarding the result of the Senate vote, conducted Thursday afternoon. Senators were asked by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen and other senior military leaders to overturn the ban, and to allow the Pentagon to gradually phase the policy out.
Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a group that supports the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” said: “History will hold these senators accountable and so will many of their constituents.”