Senator previously opposed 'don't ask' repeal, now says he's 'not averse' to changingSen. John Thune, R-S.D., isn’t saying he’ll vote to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy that restricts gay people from serving openly in the military.
But Thune said he is studying the issue and paying especially close attention to the thoughts and feelings of Americans in uniform.
A procedural vote on the issue was scheduled Wednesday but then canceled. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., needs 60 votes to block a threatened filibuster on the issue that would be led by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. If all 58 Democrats are joined by two or more Republicans, the repeal would go to a final vote soon, perhaps this weekend. Only 51 votes would then be needed to repeal the policy.
By: Tom Lawrence, The Daily Republic