Log Cabin Republicans take note: Not one single Republican member of the United States Senate voted in favor of the amendment to repeal the discriminatory Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy of kicking well-qualified soldiers out of the military simply because of homosexual activities in their personal time. Lisa Murkowski did not vote on the amendment at all, but that’s hardly a heroic stand. Republican senators are not listening to the Log Cabin Republicans’ decades-long appeal to end the GOP’s association with anti-gay bigotry.
It’s not just Republicans who are to blame for the defeat of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, however. Both of the U.S. Senators from Arkansas, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, voted against the repeal. The Democratic Party’s continuing support for these two right wing Democrats, in a nod to the party’s pre-sixties history as a bastion of prejudice, has helped anti-gay bigotry to persist.
One final technical note on the vote is called for: Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid voted against the amendment to appeal, but only because he supports the repeal. Thanks to Senators Lincoln and Pryor, Senator Reid could not have cast the deciding vote, and by voting against the repeal, Senator Reid has retained the power to bring the measure back up for a vote at a later time.
A Summary Of The Roll Call Vote