The time for repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT) has long since come — although it remains unclear whether Republicans realize it or not.  I note the vote in the U.S House of Representatives yesterday was 250-175 in favor.  I sadly note that only 15 Republicans voted yes and that 15 Democrats voted no.
When the Defense Secretary and almost all senior generals say “we need this done legislatively and not by the courts” it would appear to give Republicans the opening they need to do what’s best for the military, even if they don’t like it.  For them to say no now seems to be saying that they’re more concerned with politics than with the effect of having gays serve in the military.
As for John McCain, he’s completely abdicated his “responsible independent” status.  And in case anyone missed it, Sam Nunn announced last week that he is in favor of repeal.  He was the Democrat Chairman of the Armed Services Committee during the enactment of DADT who supported DADT to the consternation of many fellow Democrats and most of the GLBT community.  He also became with that move someone for whom so many of us in the GLBT community have continued to harbor animosity since.  When I own a stock in which he’s on the board, I always vote against him.  (I also learned this week that another friend, whom I knew from our former work together in Log Cabin Republicans, has been doing the same.)  Now I am free to vote for him again.  He’s redeemed at last.  Let’s hope the Senate will join the House in redeeming itself this week as well.  It is the right thing to do.
For the record here are the fourteen Republicans who made the correct vote yesterday.  Sadly, several won’t be back next year.  I put them on my list of rational Republicans:
Judy Biggert (IL), Mary Bono Mack (CA), John Campbell (CA), Anh Cao (LA), Michael Castle (DE), Charles Dent (PA), Lincoln Diaz-Balart (FL), Charles Djou (HI), David Dreier (CA), Vernon Ehlers (MI), Jeff Flake (AZ), Ronald Paul (TX), Todd Platts (PA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL) and Dave Reichert (WA).