Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln Help GOP Kill Military Equality

Today, the U.S. Senate voted on whether to advance an amendment to repeal the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy of military discrimination against homosexuals. The vote failed to bring the amendment forward to a full vote, thus blocking the repeal from passage.

In spite of some hopes that the Republican Party might be moving toward a more up-to-date vision of America, accepting gays and lesbians as equal citizens, not one single Republican senator voted to help the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell move forward. All except one GOP senator voted to block the repeal: Lisa Murkowski chose not to vote on the matter at all.

Two Democrats crossed the aisle and worked with the Senate Republicans to help kill the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, both from Arkansas. Blanche Lincoln is trailing badly behind Congressman John Boozman, in large part because her right-leaning agenda has alienated her from the progressive portion of Arkansas Democratic voters. Her vote today against LGBT equality won’t help her with that problem.


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2 Comments on “Mark Pryor and Blanche Lincoln Help GOP Kill Military Equality
  1. That was a move to be proud of. I have not served in the military but I have worked as a Civil Service employee for the Armed Forces for several years. I shutter now to think of the impact since the repeal was accomplished by the “lame duck” congress. Why the recommendations of high level military leaders were ignored and the views of most Americans, I don’t understand. I personally feel this will result in eliminating the “all volunteer forces” in the near future–“back to the draft.” Colin Powell put it well when he said (paraphrased) that homosexuality was a choice–not something you were born with that could not be changed such as gender, race, etc. I have four brothers who served in the military a few years back (3 volunteers and one draftee) and have always been a patriot. I can only imagine how troubling this will be to the “straight” whom I still believe comprise the majority. Enough said. I pray this will also be repealed.

  2. Dorothy, most high level military leaders were in favor of the repeal.

    “Shutter” away – do you have any evidence to support your claims? There is no evidence of reduction in volunteers for the military since the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

    Most “straight” soldiers favor the repeal.

    Most Americans out of the military also favor the repeal.

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