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Republicans vote against DADT repeal at their own peril

Posted by Garrett Quinn, Less is More  December 16, 2010 12:01 PM

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With Senator Scott Brown saying he will vote to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell" if it comes up for a stand alone vote in the Senate he recovers, slightly, from his initial vote against it but will his Republican colleagues follow? With Brown saying he will vote for it if it comes up Senate Republicans no longer appear to have the votes for a filibuster but it still has to come up for a vote in the Senate and time is a wastin'. In recent days Republicans have shown little interest in taking it up again as they are focusing more on the controversial omnibus spending bill.

Recent polling indicates that an overwhelming majority of Americans support the repeal of DADT and the Pentagon has officially stated that repealing the legislation would have minimal impact on military operations. A majority of active duty military personnel have said that repealing the bill would not have a negative impact. Even the most stringent opponent of this could point to Department of Defense and say "I listened to the generals" as their cover. Many won't because they're probably scared of the social conservative lobby.

Long term trends point towards a more accepting view of gays not just in the military but in everyday life and the Republicans should recognize these changes. In the long and short term Republicans are foolish to continue opposing the repeal of this law. It is an outdated relic of some long forgotten moral code where being openly gay was something to be ashamed of.

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Garrett Quinn began writing for newspapers at age 17 with CNC in his native South Shore. He has been published in BlueMassGroup, RedMassGroup, Pioneer Investigates, and Wonkette. He is a More »

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