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RT @NewsHour: BREAKING: The Senate vote to invoke cloture on #DADT repeal has passed, 63 ay , 33 no
...on Saturday, a GOP filibuster of the legislation was broken by a wider-than-anticipated margin, with six Republicans joining 57 Democrats to push forward a bill to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. military.
Backers of the repeal pulled off a last-minute legislative maneuver to separate the repeal from a larger Defense Authorization bill, which contained other controversial items that drew GOP criticism. That standalone bill passed the House last week and won the approval of GOP holdouts in the Senate who had objected to Democratsâ€™ handling of debate over the defense funding measure.
Ultimately, Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, George Voinovich of Ohio, and Mark Kirk of Illinois voted for repeal.
One Democrat who opposes repeal of the ban, newly-elected Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, did not vote on Saturday.
Thirty-three Republicans opposed the motion to move forward on the bill.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a leading opponent of repeal, warned shortly before the vote that â€śelitesâ€ť would celebrate the end of â€śDADTâ€ť without understanding its consequences for the armed forces. How They Voted
After all this, I predict the actual impact on active duty will be a big yawn.
I think you're being too hard on McCain.
The Army and Marine Chiefs of Staff have stated that they believe a repeal will be detrimental to the ability of fighting forces. The Army and Marines hold the great majority of current combat positions.
I think it's wrong to assume that they are simply homophobes trying to come up with any plausible reason to fight the repeal.
Military polls have shown that servicemen in combat zones see the repeal differently from those who are in strictly support or stateside roles.
Whether or not this is a reason to maintain the policy is subject to fair debate, but to demonize McCain or anyone else who opposes the repeal as bigoted miscreants is foolish and unfair.
Yes, if it is repealed there will be incidents. There will be idiotic straights and gays who use this issue to push confrontations they probably would have been involved in anyway. I don't think there will be many, but at least early on when there are, they will be newsworthy.