Last week’s victory in both the House and Senate Armed Services Committee passing amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act begin the process to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
The Washington Post focused on disappointment surrounding Senator Jim Webb’s vote against the amendment’s passage.
Human Rights Campaign, a leading gay rights group, had organized a letter to Webb from military women in Virginia, imploring him “to stand on the right side of history” and support repeal. But the letter didn’t budge Webb.
“Certainly this is a big disappointment for us, especially when we saw such great leadership from others on the committee,” said HRC spokesman Michael Cole, referring to the fact that Sen. Ben Nelson (Neb.), a Democrat with a generally more conservative voting record than Webb, decided to back repeal. “It’s disheartening to see someone like Jim Webb vote the wrong way on this.”
HRC endorsed Webb in his 2006, contributed money to his campaign and did volunteer work for him on the ground. So would Thursday’s vote prevent the group from doing the same in 2012?
Blue Virginia says Webb’s stance is no surprise with his military upbringing and career history.
What are your thoughts on the passage and Webb’s vote?
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