Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Boxer, Feinstein urge DADT repeal

California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, both Democrats, spoke at press conference today, supporting repeal of the military’s  “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” prohibition of gays serving openly.

“This is a no-brainer,” Boxer said. “People are fighting for our country. They’re heroes. They’re stars. And for absolutely no reason they find themselves tossed out of the military. No reason, other than something that has nothing to do with their ability to protect this nation.”

Feinstein noted thousands of people have been discharged “not because they didn’t excel at their jobs, but because of their sexual orientation.

“This law is unconstitutional, and the Senate should take action before the Supreme Court and make the record crystal clear that we agree,” she said.

Senator Harry Reid, (D-Nevada), the Senate majority leader, has called for a vote on repeal after Thanksgiving. Republicans blocked repeal earlier this fall. It’s far from certain that the measure – part of a larger military funding bill – will pass in the next two months before the current session of Congress ends.

There will be even more Republicans in the Senate in January, although Democrats will still be the majority there.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 18, 2010 @ 4:10 pm PST
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