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Two More GOP Senators for DADT Repeal

Two More GOP Senators for DADT Repeal


Republican senators Lisa Murkowski and John Ensign have announced their support for repealing the military's ban on openly gay and lesbian service members.

KTV's Matt Felling told CNN he's noticing a "different" Murkowski since she won the election in Alaska with a write-in vote as the moderate candidate versus Tea Party candidate Joe Miller.

When he asked her what she would do to represent the middle-of-the-road voters of Alaska, Felling reports that she said she would support a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."

Felling reports, "She said, 'Listen, there have been leaks out of this poll inside the Pentagon, saying the troops are fine with it being repealed, and you know, we are a different sort of warfare; there aren't trenches, there aren't foxholes anymore. I would not vote against a bill that had that repeal in it.' And that's honestly the first time she came swinging on that topic too."

Members of Nevada's Stonewall Democrats chapter met with an aide to Ensign, who said he will support the National Defense Authorization Act, which includes language to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." Ensign's regional representative Margot Allen said that any reports of the senator wanting to keep the policy intact were false.

Maine GOP senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe are two moderate lawmakers who are expected to support a repeal. Snowe said she had wanted to make her decision only after reading the Pentagon's report on integrating gay people into the military, and Collins said she is in support of repealing the law.

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