November 16th, 2010
08:55 PM ET
12 years ago

Democratic senator open to dropping 'don't ask' from defense bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The senator at the center of the legislative tug of war over a vote on the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" said Tuesday the strategy on how it could be considered is "up in the air," according to a spokeswoman.

In what could be a be a major victory for opponents of a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, told reporters on Capitol Hill it is possible the vote on repeal could be considered separately from the defense authorization bill. Levin supports repealing the law, which bans openly gay troops from serving.

Filed under: Carl Levin • Don't Ask Don't Tell • Senate
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Indie Woman in Denver

    No! No, no, and HELL NO! Dems, do NOT cave! This is beyond ridiculous! Are these guys DEAF? Press this to the max while you still have the opportunity.

    November 16, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  2. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Leave it in the appropriations bill, force the Republican bigots to vote against it. Show them for what they are, they don't care about the military, just play for politics. Its all show for them to keep their power.

    November 16, 2010 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    BAD MOVE!!! I don't think anyone is listening to 75% of Americans who feel DADT should be repealed!!! Why are MEN so aggravated about GAYS being in the Service??? Why do MEN get so upset over gays anyway??? Women are more tolerant and men need to communicate with their FEMALE side and get over it – GRIN and bear it – and STOP thinking that every gay man wants them!!

    Repeal DADT during the Lame Duck Session – very SIMPLE to do!!

    November 16, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  4. Aaron

    Levin is caving, whoops compromising, to the Repubs. We should be used to that behavior from Dems by now. They hold the majority for 2 years in both houses, but give into Repub blackmail and propaganda at the drop of a hat.

    November 17, 2010 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  5. Illinois citizen

    Remember your long held campaign promises. Face this issue and let's move on. Don't let these repubicans get away with their racism and discrimination. Let them send Steele to the back of the bus, but don't give in on this campaign promise regarding Don't ask Don't tell. Obama, we are watching you and your fellow-democrats. As for the republicans, well we know they like to discriminatre against anything that is not like their mainstream image of what makes a Good, god-loving individual that has to also be white. Just my 50+ years of observation of the party of the Elephants!

    November 17, 2010 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  6. shane

    Sure. Why not. Clearly the Dems are only there to fight for Republican ideas. Pathetic!!!!

    November 17, 2010 07:03 am at 7:03 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Hey liberals & progressives... feel like you've been thrown under the bus AGAIN?

    November 17, 2010 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    What part of UNCONSTITUTIONAL don't you people understand? End it now!!!!

    November 17, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |