Senate Republicans, rallying behind former repeal advocate John McCain, blocked a defense appropriations bill that would have repealed the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy. So the United States remains in the ranks of such illustrious nations as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Red Cuba, Venezuela, and North Korea, which prohibit out-gays from armed service.
The two Democratic senators from Arkansas–one of the two states in the union to still fly the stars and bars in their flag–also voted against the measure. They are Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor. Direct your anathema at them.
Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid also voted against the measure, but only in order to exploit a quibbling parliamentarian rule by which he can reindtroduce a bill he voted against at a later date.
Personal note: Fucking hell. John McCain is such a sleaze-weasel. First he inflicts Sarah Palin on an unsuspecting nation, and now this?