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September 15, 2009

Near-term outlook for repealing DADT called "bleak"

With the Senate and White House swamped by deal-making, posturing, and confusion over health-care reform, there is little prospect for repealing DADT anytime soon, reports Politico:

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says the Senate is swamped and has little time on the schedule for this fight. The Pentagon brass is reticent and wants a go-slow strategy, while one poll suggests that there is still some resistance within the rank and file of the military to change the“don’t ask, don’t tell” law. With no Republican co-sponsors for a repeal, key moderate Democrats such as Sens. Jim Webb of Virginia and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas remain uncommitted.

And the Senate’s patron saint of this cause, Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), died before being able to introduce long-promised bipartisan legislation to overturn "don’t ask, don’t tell."

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None of this is promising for a gay rights movement that raised a ton of money for President Barack Obama and believed that their moment was now.

-SS

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