"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is closer to going bye-bye. The U.S. House voted 234-194 last night to do away with the policy that keeps gays and lesbians out of the military. So who among our local lawmakers who voted for the appeal and who voted against it?
Well, if you have a "D" behind your name, you probably voted to let gays and lesbians serve their country. If you have an "R," then you weren't so hot on the appeal (and you probably claimed that you wanted to see the results of the Defense Department's study). But there were exceptions.
Dennis Moore, the lone Kansas Democratic congressman, as well as
Missouri donkeys Russ Carnahan, William "Lacy" Clay Jr. and
Emanuel Cleaver all voted to repeal. That leaves one Democrat
missing: Ike Skelton. So the rally
in January to get Skelton to change his mind wasn't successful.
"No" votes are the usual cast of Republican characters. In Kansas,
Lynn Jenkins, Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt. In
Missouri, Todd Akin, Roy
Blunt, Jo Ann Emerson and Blaine Luetkemeyer. Wait,
Oddly, Sam Graves didn't cast a vote.