Yesterday, Senator Harry Reid filed a petition to consider the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bill after a vote on the DREAM Act on early Saturday. To clarify the voting process, two votes on the DADT legislation will take place over the weekend. The first vote we will see will be a cloture vote to enable us to get to a final vote – a supermajority of 60 votes will be needed, and as of today we believe we have 61 votes to move forward thanks to the leadership of Senator Scott Brown, Senator Lisa Murkowski and Senator Olympia Snowe. We should expect the final vote to come as early as Saturday, or Sunday, and only a simple majority will be needed to lift the ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers.
In the meantime, today and tomorrow morning will be your last chance to weigh in with your senators before they take this historic vote! Please take the time to pick up the phone once again and call both your senators and tell them to vote for the S. 4023 – the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act of 2010. We’ve got the numbers ready for you to dial, and we are willing to bet that they’re waiting to hear from you. Please let your voices be heard without delay!