Senator Lindsey Graham, on the Senate floor and on Sunday talk shows, spoke out about the repeal of the military’s ban on service by openly gay soldiers.
In the Senate Saturday, Graham said,
To those who are pushing this process, it is not appreciated. It is not appreciated by your fellow senators, and I don’t think it’s going to be appreciated by the men and women who are going to have to live under this kind of change.
House Democratic Whip Jim Clyburn, a major proponent of the repeal, responded to the Senate action:
I applaud today’s Senate action to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” With the Senate’s strong bipartisan vote, we can now finally end a discriminatory policy that prevents talented and dedicated Americans from serving in the military or forces them to be less than honest about who they are. I am confident the military can implement this change in policy without disrupting readiness, effectiveness or unit cohesion. It’s one more step towards making America a more perfect union.