Enough Votes to End 'Don't Ask'

Senate Democrats announced Thursday that they have enough votes to repeal the “Don’t, Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which keeps openly gay service members from entering the American armed forces. “There’s more than 60 senators, I’m convinced, who are prepared to vote for this bill,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, Independent of Connecticut. Lieberman said he knew the GOP would want a long debate on the bill, which includes many other measures beside the Clinton-era policy. Sen. John McCain, Republican of Arizona, has threatened to filibuster the proposed change. Timing will be tough: Senators await a Defense Department review, which is due Dec. 1, but promises to favor repealing the measure.