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Friday, June 11, 2010
The Fight to Stop Repeal Continues

As the Senate prepares for the battle over the repeal of the law making homosexuals ineligible for military service, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) joined with Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member John McCain, who led the opposition for months, in calling for action to remove the measure from the defense bill when it comes before the full Senate (Roll Call, May 27, 2010).

Sen. McCain told Roll Call that he would "without a doubt" support a filibuster if the bill goes to the floor with language to repeal the law with "delayed implementation." "I’ll do everything in my power," the Arizona Republican said, citing letters from the four service chiefs urging Congress not to act before a Pentagon review of the policy is complete. "I’m going to do everything I can to support the men and women of the military and to fight what is clearly a political agenda."

In an interview with National Review Online, Sen. John McCain reaffirmed his intent to continue the fight, even if it takes a super-majority (under Senate rules) or a successful filibuster to do it:

John McCain on DADT

This article in Politico explains why final passage of the National Defense Authorization Bill (NDAA), which now has the Repeal Deal language in it, still is not a "done deal." The defense bill is controversial for many reasons, including language authorizing abortions in military hospitals. Regardless of the reason, sufficient "no" votes could defeat the bill.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Far From Over

Meanwhile, even the liberal media started to ask serious questions that should have been discussed months ago:

New York Times: As "Don't Ask" Fades, Military Faces Thorny Issues

Agence France Press (AFP ): US Military Chief Cautions on Gay Ban Repeal
posted by CMR Editor @ 6/11/2010 03:38:00 PM

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