Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy Vote: Repealed in Senate – The Senate vote for the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy restricting the United States military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members or applicants, while barring those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service was already concluded.
With a 56-43 vote, the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, as part of the Dream Act 2010, got repealed in the Senate. Two Democrats namely, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor from Arkansas voted ‘no’ in favor of the Republicans while Senator Harry Reid also voted ‘no’ for it to be revived later.
As it exists, the “Don’t Ask” part of the policy indicates that superiors should not initiate investigation of a service member’s orientation in the absence of disallowed behaviors, though credible and articulable evidence of homosexual behavior may cause an investigation.
Meanwhile, the “Don’t Tell” part of the policy prohibits any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the US military.
After the Senate vote, reporters flocked to ask the opinion of Senator John McCain. John McCain defended his position to slow or stop repeal by saying: “We do not go out and seek. Regulations are, we do not go out and seek to find out if someone’s sexual orientation.” He continued by saying: “I’ve seen it in action. I’ve seen it in action. I have sons in the military, I know the military very well. So they’re not telling you the truth.”
Below is John McCain’s statement on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Policy: