Obama Signing DADT Repeal into Law Today After Republicans' Last-Ditch Block Fails
Senate Republicans tried to amend a defense authorization bill last night in a last-ditch effort to block the DADT repeal (and another brilliant show of their bigotry). Had it worked, the amendment would have put the four military chiefs in front of the certification process -- including Marine Corps chief General James Amos, who is opposed to the repeal -- delaying and potentially blocking its implementation. Ultimately, though, the effort headed up by Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell was seen as hindering the defense authorization bill and was not included thanks to Joe Lieberman blocking the block.
“This is all about politics, not about policy,” said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for Human Rights Campaign. “It’s a total end run by the Republicans. In spite of the fact that they know that Gates and Mullens are opposed to this, they are still going forward in the hopes of obstructing repeal. It’s absolutely shameful.
Obama is scheduled to sign DADT into law at 9:15 AM EST, in a public ceremony so popular that it is being held in the auditorium of the Interior Department. Hundreds of gay activists, officials and service members are scheduled to attend -- including Lt. Dan Choi, the soldier who was discharged after coming out on Maddow last year and has been an outspoken activist for the appeal. The Washington Post:
"This is the defining civil rights initiative of this decade," Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, said after the repeal passed on Saturday.
"Congress has taken an extraordinary step on behalf of men and women who've been denied their rightful integrity for too long."