Things were looking grim for the DADT repeal, but new news today means it could still happen.
Before I get to details, here's a call to action:
If you live in any of the following states, call your Senator(s) and ask them to support the repeal.
- Susan Collins (R-ME): 202-224-2523
- Olympia Snowe (R-ME): 202-224-5344
- Richard Lugar (R-IN): 202-224-4814
- Judd Gregg (R-NH): 202-224-3324
- Scott Brown (R-MA): 202-224-4543
- George Voinovich (R-OH): 202-224-3353
- Kit Bond (R-MO): 202-224-5721
- Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): 202-224-6665
- Mark Kirk (R-IL): 202-224-2854
- Joe Manchin (D-WV): 202-224-3954
(That list is from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.)
I gather Brown, Murkowski, and Collins have now all expressed support for repeal, but with various conditions.
But apparently Collins has now made her conditions publicly known, and if Harry Reid goes along with those conditions, they may makes repeal feasible. Specifically, Collins says she'll support the repeal if Reid allows more amendments to be proposed and allows a few extra days of debate. I don't know much about all the procedural stuff, so go read the articles if you want more info. The key point appears to be that her conditions are fairly reasonable, and if all goes well, the timing could work out.
Unclear as yet whether Reid will agree to those conditions. Fingers crossed.
In the meantime, call your Senators!