Lieberman, Udall, Gillibrand Urge Senate Repeal of DADT

Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Mark Udall (D-CO), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) issued a joint statement today urging the Senate to pass the defense bill along with the amendment repealing DADT in the upcoming  lame duck Senate session.

Gillibrand “The Senate should act immediately to debate and pass a defense authorization bill and repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ during the lame duck session.  The Senate has passed a defense bill for forty-eight consecutive years.  We should not fail to meet that responsibility now, especially while our nation is at war.  We must also act to put an end to the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy that not only discriminates against but also dishonors the service of gay and lesbian service members.

“The National Defense Authorization Act is essential to the safety and well-being of our service members and their families, as well as for the success of military operations around the world.  The bill will increase the pay of all service members, authorize needed benefits for our veterans and wounded warriors, and launch military construction projects at bases throughout the country.

“The process established by the defense bill would also allow ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to be repealed in an orderly manner, and only after the President, Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have certified to Congress that repeal is ‘consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces.’  If Congress does not act to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in an orderly manner that leaves control with our nation’s military leaders, a federal judge may do so unilaterally in a way that is disruptive to our troops and ongoing military efforts.  It is important that ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ be dealt with this year, and it appears that the only way that can happen is if it is on the defense bill.    

“We are pleased that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has also called on Congress to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ We must act upon our responsibility to our troops and their family members and to the thousands of gay and lesbian service members who serve their nation bravely and honorably by passing the National Defense Authorization Act before the end of the year.”

As I mentioned earlier, there's very little time, and there's the issue of John McCain.


  1. says

    When the Obama was able to repeal the measure they intentionally dragged their feet and delayed, delayed, delayed. As soon as they get to the point where they probably can’t repeal it they suddenly want action. It sure looks to me as if Obama actually wanted two things:

    1. To NOT repeal DADT and
    2. To make it someone else’s fault when he doesn’t repeal the measure.

  2. mikenola says

    Obama has adovocated for an orderly repeal to DADT and I have supported that position, with the caveat that he should have issued a stop loss order preventing gays from being discharged until the survey was completed.

    Well now is the time that rapid action needs to be taken. Obama should relaase the report even if it is in a “final draft” state, and by now it is since the release date is Dec 1, 2010. If nothing else, release the raw numbers of how each question was answered, we know the questions so the results would be pretty clear.

    The polls say that 70% of the American population supports the repeal, however the far right has announced that they will block or try to block the repeal legislation attached to the Defense Authorization bill. This must be done in the lame duck session which begins Nov, 15 goes for a week, then a thanksgiving break and returns Nov 29.

    Releasing the results on Nov 15 will give us, the voting Americans, access to the results when our senators and representatives come home for the breaks and over the holidays. We will have a method and venue to get the truth before the deep pocket spin doctors try and whip up more hatred against LGBT people.

    Releasing the report early is the smartest and most effective act that Obama can take to ensure the DADT passes in the lame duck session. It is the best option we have to get something that looks like equality for our service men and women and advance the rest of our drive to be treated as EQAUL Americans instead of second class trash.

    Please everyone contact your representatives, the white house and any media outlet urging for an early release of the report.

  3. says

    The “report” SHOULD never have been allowed to be done. No matter HOW Gates, et al., smile fucked us, it was ALWAYS an “opinion poll” intended to both delay a vote in Congress on ending the ban until only a few days of this session of Congress remained, and, two, use it’s alleged “results” to finally pull the plug on the repeal effort.

    Everyone, including our allies in Congress, have been so thoroughly played by Gates’ con that even in this letter they incomprehensibly parrot the Pentagon’s Big Lie that ending discharges by court order would hurt the military which will only serve to give the Supremes another excuse to overturn the District Court ruling if the repeal OPTION amendment fails OR passes and Gates never lets the option be triggered OR lets the law be repealed but reverts to internal Pentagon policies that discharged over 100,000 gays before anyone had ever heard of DADT.

  4. patrick nyc says

    I must say Gillibrand turned out to be a strong supporter of gay rights, from a conservative upstate democrat to this, happy to have voted for her.

  5. ChimChim says

    Yeah, this’ll happen. When will you learn they’re just using you?

    I have $20 saying this is more grandstanding and won’t happen. So far, I haven’t lost any of these bets.

  6. Randy says

    Sen Gillibrand also needs to introduce the American Equality Bill, adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. It may not pass, but the time for this debate has come.

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