Breaking News, Lisa Murkowski 'Probably" Votes Yes On DADT
Lisa Murkowski (R-Al) just announced she is likely to vote FOR repealing the ban on gays in the military, according to a flash news break on Fox News. Known as Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT), the law was passed during the Clinton Administration. It was the best Bill Clinton could do after running into steep opposition to removing the ban altogether. Under DADT, so long as no one asks and no one tells, a homosexual who remains “in the closet” is free to serve. Once outed, gay members are subject to involuntary discharge.
"Her vote will depend on how free and open the amendment process is, but she has reached the decision that don't ask don't tell ought to be repealed, provided that proper preparations are implemented," Murkowski spokesman Michael Brumas tells me, said Washington Post Columnist Greg Sargent in his own flash announcement.
President Obama promised a repeal of DADT therefore allowing homosexuals to openly serve. The move comes after a study in which it was determined allowing gays to serve would not produce long term harm. Many countries allow openly gay and lesbian soldiers to serve and have reported few problems.
Murkowski’s vote is ciritcal for those who seek repeal of the ban as the vote is very close. Her vote likely will provide the final nail in the coffin for those who insist sexual orientation should constitute the basis for discharge. Republicans vow to derail DADT and the Dream Act, another controversial law that may come up for a vote today.