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SLDN: Pentagon study best vehicle for repeal

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Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said Tuesday it expects the Pentagon’s report on repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will be the LGBT advocacy group’s best tool for advocating repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis told a telephone news conference that the report–released officially this afternoon—is “overwhelmingly positive,” but Sarvis emphasized he still expects Republicans to try and block any movement during lame-duck.

Sarvis: “McCain will filibuster, so we go through several days assuming that we get up. And then we gotta have three days, probably, on a cloture petition. Then we’ve got to go to conference and then the conference report has to be approved by both houses. So there’s growing concern that the clock may be running out.”

But Sarvis said his group is also looking around for other legislation through which to put Don’t Ask Don’t Tell if Republicans block it on the Defense Authorization bill. And he says the group will file several additional lawsuits to challenge the law, starting next week.

Sarvis: “So the message here is we’re going to cont to work this on a dual track. On the legislative track and on the judicial track.”

Sarvis described three lawsuits that SLDN intends to file whether or not repeal is moving through the Senate: one on behalf of active duty gay and lesbian personnel who want to keep their jobs; another representing those discharged who would like to return in the reserves; and a third suit on behalf of gay young people who’d would like to join the service.

 –Lisa Keen, Keen News Service

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Written by OutQ News staff

November 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

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