Gates want Senate to pass DADT repeal. Warns of Court action

Watching the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, it’s clear John McCain wants to be the leading homophobe in the Senate. He claims he doesn’t want the hearing to be political — and reiterated his complaint that the report doesn’t answer the question of whether the law should be repealed.

Secretary Gates hit back with what has become a powerful argument: The Senate should repeal the law, because if that doesn’t happen, the Courts will do it. And, he cites McCain’s opening statement to make his point:
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The Log Cabin Republican’s DADT lawsuit threw a wrench into the Obama administration’s strategy on DADT. Now, it’s being used for leverage.

Reminder: Live tweeting from the hearing room are @KerryEleveld, @GetEQUAL and @DavidHallDC. Also, keeping track is @IgorVolsky. Jillian Weiss at Bilerico and over at Pam’s House Blend, Sue Fulton and JD Smith are liveblogging. We’ll keep providing highlights — and lowlights.


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