Bigots defeat bill containing anti-bigotry

The GOP/Tea Party/Bigots prevented the passage of a major defense spending bill because they’re sexually immature.

Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked an effort by Democrats and the White House to lift the ban on gays from serving openly in the military, voting unanimously against advancing a major defense policy bill that included the provision.

An estimated 13,000 people have been discharged under the law since its inception in 1993. Although most dismissals have resulted from gay service members outing themselves, gay rights’ groups say it has been used by vindictive co-workers to drum out troops who never made their sexuality an issue.

As usual, the party of hate and ignorance is advancing an agenda which is actively harmful to the lives of fellow humans. The worse part, I think, is that (with very few exceptions) this isn’t being done with the plausible explanation that the Republicans honestly think their policies will be good for most people. They just hate gays.

5 Responses

  1. This post is exactly on the money.

  2. This post has reminded me that I meant to post on the last one of similar content.

    I’ll have two major points, neither of them reflecting my feelings on the matter, I’ll save that for when I have a few more minutes.

    1. There is currently a study going on to find out what members of the military think about repeal. Obviously if repeal caused a large number of persons to leave the military/retire early/not reenlist, than it would cause a threat to security.

    There were 43 votes against, and while I haven’t seen the roll call I don know there are only 41 republicans in the senate.

    The votes are probably there in the senate, but to repeal the policy without first finding out what military members think of that is a political move to get it done before November when the dems will (almost) surely win at least the house.

    That said, if the report comes back with positive results showing there won’t be damage to personnel strength or moral, there are definitely the votes.

    Negative results will mean the votes, both democrat and republican are going to dry up. It won’t be the right time yet. Unfortunately you give up a lot of rights to join the military, namely freedom of speech. That’s the way it works and for good reason.

    2. This is a logistical issue. There are going to be persons that do not want to be roomed with a gay service member of the same sex. Policy is to separate males and females and it is a fair demand to say that gay members of the same sex should not be roomed together under the spirit of the policy.

    So what to do? There are only two options really, either allow co-ed boarding or move to single occupancy boarding, which would be prohibitively costly, doubling the amount of housing isn’t really an option.

    I don’t see the military allowing co-ed rooming, females in particular would protest and for good reason.

  3. After reviewing the roll call, it seems Harry Reid voted ‘nay’….. how interesting.

  4. It was a procedural move that allows him to bring the bill back. He didn’t vote until it was clear the (routine) filibuster couldn’t be broken.

  5. Fair enough, but the fact remains that with one republican not voting they could have had 60 with their caucus voting in line. The vote is simply going to depend on what the DOD study shows in December.

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