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.