This is sad.
Even after Lady Gaga’s efforts to persuade congressmen to vote in favor of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the senate shot it down after the house passed it.
What’s truly sad is that this bill would not even directly repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It just “authorizes President Obama to lift the policy if the Pentagon determines that doing so will not damage military morale or discipline.”
One difficulty with this bill (although it shouldn’t be a problem) is that it was not just about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” There was a provision in it that would allow children brought to this country illegally by their parents to qualify for citizenship. We support this section of this bill, but apparently some senators enjoy denying children privileges they shouldn’t have to fight for.
Senators who voted against this bill and yet still claim to “support the troops” are hypocrites. If you can’t honor men and women serving their country by offering them equal rights in the military, you should step down from your position and let someone who isn’t corrupted by personal phobias and biases take your place.
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