Olympia Snowe: ‘I support repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law,’

Just got this news:

U.S. Sen. Olympia Snowe said Wednesday she would support the repeal of the military policy that prevents gays from serving openly.

The announcement came as the U.S. House of Representatives voted on repealing the policy, known as ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’

“After careful analysis of the comprehensive report compiled by the Department of Defense and thorough consideration of the testimony provided by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the service chiefs, I support repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law,” Snowe said in a statement.

Now, we need Snowe to vote for repeal. As we’ve seen with several Republicans, there’s a difference between supporting repeal and voting for it.

But, I take this as a good sign. We’ve got momentum.


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