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3 responses to “Levin poised to strip DADT repeal from defense spending measure”

  1. AndrewW

    DADT repeal has been dead for a long time. We have only 55 LGBT-supportive votes in the US Senate – it cannot pass. Obama can’t change any votes and it’s silly to suggest that. All we’ve seen in that last few months is a bunch of non-profit advocacy groups pretending there was a chance. They do this to raise money. Unfortunately, people believe them.

    If we want to pass DADT repeal we need 60 US Senators, in the lame duck we are 5 short. In January we will have only 53 LGBT-supportive Senators. What are HRC and these other “advocates” doing about that reality?

    LGBT advocacy and activist groups are about raising money to pay their salaries more than creating a strategy to actually win. They have no incentive to finish the job, because they’d be out of their jobs. That is something that MUST be corrected.

  2. Truetuft

    AndrewW, I beg to differ. you are spouting the same incorrect right-wing talking points about LGBT advocacy groups I see copied on to other sites. You are a schill for the Neocons. Truth is that many senators are loath to vote against the larger spending bill lest they be viewed as weak on defense. They will vote to end DADT by passing the spending bill with the DADT removal sections in this larger piece of legislation. Discrimination is wrong. The military survey shows this will not disrupt troop morale or readiness, McCain is wrong, and guess what DADT will not keep gays out of the military anyway, we are already there serving along side our fellow countrymen and women.

  3. Jerry Johnson

    When did congress decide to ignore the will of the people which it represents! Over 75% of the nation have voiced their desire to stop the discrimination of service men & women of our Armed Forces. They are in congress to represent the people of their district and not play political ego games. Even two thirds of the Military Service Personnel & their families also support removing DADT. The top brass of the military urge congress to dismiss DADT. The past 17 years of knowing that gay men and women have been serving in the military is proof that cohesion and team work has not been adversely affected. The people have spoken and the message is clear to congress. Stop the political posturing and do what you are obliged and sworn to do.

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