HRC to Flood Senators’ Phone Lines on DADT

Posted September 9, 2010 at 11:53am

The Human Rights Campaign is planning a “call-in” to Senators offices Friday to urge them to vote to overturn the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy before Congress adjourns for the midterm elections.

“We’ve had to fight to the end for every victory we’ve won, and this is no different,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said in a press release. “If we don’t speak up now, our window for repeal could close.”

The Senate is expected to take up the defense authorization bill that contains a repeal of DADT, which bans openly gay individuals from serving in the military, during the Congressional work period beginning Monday.

In addition to needing to secure 60 votes to overcome GOP opposition, Democrats also face the challenge of having to carve out floor time to debate the measure. Democrats already have a packed schedule for the four-week work stretch, including consideration of a small-business package and a continuing resolution to fund the government.

“While many believe repeal of this odious law is a foregone conclusion, the real truth is that this is not yet a done deal,” Solmonese said.