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Home arrow News arrow National News arrow news arrow SLDN Statement on the U.S. Senate’s Failure to Break Filibuster and Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
SLDN Statement on the U.S. Senate’s Failure to Break Filibuster and Repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” PDF Print E-mail
Sep 21, 2010 at 01:24 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT), issued a statement today after the U.S. Senate failed to break a filibuster on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contains the repeal of DADT.  To move forward on debate of the bill, 60 votes were needed to break a filibuster by U.S. Sen. John McCain.

Statement by Army veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis:

“Today’s Senate vote was a frustrating blow to repeal this horrible law.  We lost because of the political maneuvering dictated by the mid-term elections.  Let’s be clear: Opponents to repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ did not have the votes to strike those provisions from the bill.  Instead, they had the votes for delay.  Time is the enemy here.   We now have no choice but to look to the lame duck session where we’ll have a slim shot. The Senate absolutely must schedule a vote in December when cooler heads and common sense are more likely to prevail once midterm elections are behind us. Servicemembers Legal Defense Network will continue to take this fight to the American people, the vast majority of whom support repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”


Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (www.sldn.org) is a national, non-profit legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A journalists’ guide is available here.


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