Yesterday Sen. Russ Feingold issued a statement supporting efforts to repeal the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy:
“Discrimination has no place in American society, especially when it undermines our national security by hurting military readiness. At a time when our Armed Forces are stretched thin, it makes no sense to continue denying talented Americans the chance to serve their country openly. Despite today’s setback, I will continue to support the repeal of this policy that prevents highly qualified, patriotic Americans from serving their country.”
It’s worth noting a cloture motion which would have allowed for a vote on a measure that included a repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” failed by a vote of 56-43, with two Democratic Senators joining every Republican Senator in supporting keeping “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in place.