Both the full House and the Senate Armed Services Committee Voted to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell tonight. Make no mistake, Obama wants to sign it yesterday, given his personal beliefs and his eagerness to firm up his base among gays and lesbians. But he issued a statement tonight that was careful not to get ahead of the Pentagon – which will pretend to review the repeal and OK it before Obama signs it – even adding in a little suckup for good measure.
I have long advocated that we repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, and I am pleased that both the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee took important bipartisan steps toward repeal tonight. Key to successful repeal will be the ongoing Defense Department review, and as such I am grateful that the amendments offered by Representative Patrick Murphy and Senators Joseph Lieberman and Carl Levin that passed today will ensure that the Department of Defense can complete that comprehensive review that will allow our military and their families the opportunity to inform and shape the implementation process. Our military is made up of the best and bravest men and women in our nation, and my greatest honor is leading them as Commander-in-Chief. This legislation will help make our Armed Forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity.