Thursday, a discriminatory policy that deprives our military of qualified troops, endangers our national security, and violates the simple American principles of integrity, fairness, and equality was allowed to remain law.
Every Republican senator but one — Senator Susan Collins — voted to prevent the passage of legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
Several of them had previously claimed to support repeal, but voted “no” Thursday.
It’s a frustrating setback, but here’s the good news: We are just three votes away from moving forward on repeal.
And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and our allies in the Senate are promising another vote on repeal before Congress heads home for the year. There is still a chance for this to pass.
Allies in the Senate are not done fighting. The President is not done fighting. And I know you’re not, either.
Write the Republicans standing in the way in the Senate — and tell them to get on the right side of history.
There’s no question that Thursday’s vote was disappointing.
But we also have a lot of reasons to be proud today.
The letters to the editor you wrote and the phone calls you made — and the 582,000 petitions you signed — have been crucial in building support for repeal.
Thursday morning, OFA volunteers delivered those petitions to Senator Collins’ office. And Thursday afternoon, she voted to move this bill forward.
Now your work can help make sure we secure the votes necessary to finally put an end to this unfair policy.
One final push might be all it takes.
I know we still have a lot of fight left in us. Write Republicans now — and tell them to stop standing in the way: