Gillibrand: Senate to Hold Hearings on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold hearings on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", according to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), who claims to have secured the commitment:

Gillibrand "A statement from the Gillibrand’s office, shared exclusively with The Daily Beast, notes that '265 men and women have been unfairly dismissed from the Armed Forces since President Barack Obama took office.' Gillibrand’s fast-track proposal for halting DADT, an amendment to the Military Reauthorization Act that would have ordered the Defense secretary to stop investigating gay service members, was never introduced. Even with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid expressing his support, Gillibrand couldn’t gather the 60 votes needed to avoid a filibuster, according to a spokesperson...Gay-rights leaders expressed high hopes that Senate hearings could bring reluctant legislators around. According to a recent Gallup poll, 69 percent Americans think gays should be allowed to serve."

The Daily Beast talks to Jason Bellini, AFTER THE JUMP...