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Reid Supports Amendment Suspending 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

By Perry Bacon Jr.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) today threw his support behind an effort to legislatively suspend the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" executive policy regarding gays in the military. The move could lead to a vote on the issue as soon as this week.

Reid said he backed an amendment by new Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) that would suspend for 18 months the military's policy of discharging people who are openly gay. The provision, which would reverse a policy from the Clinton administration, would be added to a defense spending bill now moving through Congress.

Gillibrand's office said she is still gauging support among her colleagues for the amendment and has not committed to introducing it.

Many Democrats strongly dislike the Pentagon's current policy, and gay rights activists have urged the Obama administration to establish a new one, but President Obama and his aides have not pursued the issue yet this year.

Sen. Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), a member of the Senate Republican leadership, said he would oppose such an amendment, saying, "We should hear from our military leaders" before the Senate passes such a provision.

By Post Editor  |  July 14, 2009; 5:47 PM ET
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Comments

Perhaps now is the time to create a new branch of the military just for gay members of the military. We have the Navy, the Army, the Air Force and the Marines. We could call the new military branch the _ _ _ brigade.

A non gay member of the armed forces does not want to shower, sleep, eat etc. In close proximity to a openly gay individuals.

Posted by: xeinal | July 15, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Republicans in Congress aren't right very often, but they got this one right.

Dear Sen. Reid, please stop forcing the gay agenda on us and trying to turn America into Babylon. Are you daring voters to elect more corrupt Republicans?

Posted by: owens1 | July 15, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Do you have any idea how many gay individuals there are in the military next to whom you have showered, slept, eaten and "etc."? And do you realize how many thousands of gay men and women have valiantly served their country over the last 200 years without caring one whit what you look like in the shower, how close they sleep next to you, or whether or not you eat at their table? Grow up. Paranoid homophobia. There's a pill for it: it's called common sense.

Posted by: UtahDem | July 16, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

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