Senate Stalls on DADT, Leaves Stick in Ass

Senators Tuesday failed to make concessions on repealing the bill, stalling it before reaching the floor.
A shot by The New York Times of Senators Joseph Lieberman, left, and Richard Durbin Tuesday. Photo: Drew Angerer for The New York Times

Elected officials on both sides of the party line failed to make headway on a bill that would repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy Tuesday.

With a vote of 56 for and 43 against, the senators failed to collect the 60 votes necessary to end a filibuster blocking the bill’s Senate discussion and vote.

Democrats, according to The New York Times, loaded the bill with other amendments such as one on fast tracking citizenship to illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children.

Republicans, on the other hand, appear to be stalling before the military’s recent surveys on how DADT’s repeal would affect the military’s readiness and morale return later this year.

In the end, the two parties failed to pull the stick out of their asses and make concessions across party lines for the good of those maligned by the discriminatory nature of this policy. With decisions by federal judges recently on such policies as DADT and marriage equality, it’s only a matter of time before these cases are either appealed to the Supreme Court, passed in the Senate and signed by the president or stalled before senators return to campaign for re-election this fall.

What do you think should happen with DADT? Make your voice heard by calling your respective senators and telling them how you feel. Lady Gaga would approve.

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