Friday, December 10, 2010

Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Fails

So the headlines this morning read, "Republicans Block Repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell."  And yes, that is true.  Yesterday they did block the repeal.  But it would be a mistake to let the story end with that headline.

The truth is, both Republicans and Democrats have been playing politics with DADT (and other issues of LGBTQ concern) for years now.  This policy could have been repealed some time ago, just by doing nothing.  Courts had already declared the policy illegal (and have done the same for the Defense of Marriage Act).  The Obama Administration simply had to do nothing, but it decided to appeal the repeal, kicking the case up to a higher court.  This did not have to happen; presidents in the past have let lower court decisions stay without appeal.  And Democrats: Where was your moral outrage about this?

So yes, the Republicans must claim the lion's share of the blame here.  But it would be a mistake to let the Democrats off the hook.