Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid Supports Ending DADT

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


This is an interesting development. Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid said today that he would support a measure being considered by some senators that would put an 18-month moratorium on investigations and discharges of gay soldiers in the military but Reid said he would take the potential amendment to the Department of Defense reauthorization bill one step further.

“I would make it permanent. We’re having trouble getting people into the military and I don’t think that we should turn down anybody that’s willing to fight for our country, certainly [not] based on sexual orientation.”

Reid’s comments dovetail with an amendment Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is rumored to be considering that would suspend investigations of soldiers suspected to be gay, stopping discharges of soldiers under the viciously homophobic, Clinton-era “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy until the end of the 111th Congress.

However one caveat for Gillibrand’s bill is finding 60 votes over a two-week period in which the Senate is consumed with climate change legislation, health reform, and the confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), an organization that lobbies for repeal of DADT, think’s Gillibrand’s  strategy is a “long shot.” He says several other senators are also mulling the concept. “What’s important here is that we have a small core group that’s considering doing this,” he said, declining to name specific senators.

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9 Responses to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid Supports Ending DADT

  1. retahyajyajav says:

    Harry Reid showing leadership?

    Dude, what up with this? Where was his moxie when Bush asked to invade Iraq based on a 10 year old, Xeroxed intel report?

  2. Conejo1982 says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it. My opinion of Harry Reid is poor. I hope he delivers but I’m not holding my breath.

  3. Randy Arroyo says:

    Reid could even help get a bill done which repeals DADT? I mean, it wouldn’t be terribly complicated for him. After all, Reid’s been around for a million years and it would help take a lot of heat of Obama who is under fire for perceived foot dragging on the issue of repealing DADT.

  4. Mauigirl says:

    Hey, that’s good news. I hope something does come of this…good to hear some support for it in Congress.

  5. Adirondacky says:

    President Obama keeps punting this one and says he’s waiting on the Congress to send him a bill. So, now we have Reid and Pelosi on the record saying repealing the ban will get their support. So let’s get it done and turn the page on the terrible Clinton record and move on.

  6. JollyRoger says:

    Eh-Reid will say things like this, but when push comes to shove he always capitulates to the Rushpublican ass clowns. I simply do not trust anything the man says anymore.

  7. libhomo says:

    The more I think about the moratorium idea, the less I like it. It was a practice during the first war on Iraq to keep queer troops in the military as cannon fodder only to discharge them after the war was over. I think a moratorium on the military ban that Gillibrand is supporting will end up having exactly the same result.

    The military ban should be repealed, period.

  8. Rachel says:

    Just do it. Stop talking about and get the damned bill out of committee and in-front of President Obama to sign. Enough of the mindless posturing and talk. Just do it. My patience with these DINO Dems is wearing thinner than Miss Lindsey’s hair.

  9. bradfrmphnx says:

    Because they are hurting for military personnel is the wrong reason for the repeal of DADT. How about because they are the same as anyone else except in their sexual orientation? How about because they can do service for their country the same as anyone else? How about because its just the GD right thing to do!

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