Don't ask' repeal faces hurdles

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September 15, 2010


"Gay-rights activists are hailing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to bring legislation to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to the Senate floor next week.

"But advocates and congressional aides are cautioning that the measure still faces daunting obstacles before the policy can be repealed — some of which have nothing to do with the gays-in-the-military issue.

"...'People can definitely not bank on it yet. There really are significant risks that it might not pass,' said Jon Davidson of Lambda Legal, a gay legal advocacy group.

"...'The idea was that repeal of 'don’t ask, don’t tell' has the greatest chance of success if it was part of a military funding bill, but that comes with the problem of being tied to any disputes about anything else in the bill,' Davidson said."