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12/08/2010

Reversing Pryor reluctance: Right-leaning Dem to do fully right thing

by Jeremy Hooper

A major turnaround in the DADT conversation. Senator Mark "homosexuality is a sin" Pryor, one of only two Democrats to vote against repeal in the Senate (Blanche Lincoln being the other), has announced that he *will* in fact vote in favor:

BREAKING: Senator Pryor will now vote for Defense Bill with DADT language [A'blog Gay]

**Pryor's statement:

"On many previous occasions, I have said that I would oppose repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell until I had heard from our servicemen and women regarding this policy. I have now carefully reviewed all of the findings, reports, and testimony from our armed forces on this matter and I accept the Pentagon’s recommendations to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I also accept the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs’ commitment that this policy can be implemented in a manner that does not harm our military’s readiness, recruitment, or retention. We have the strongest military in the world and we will continue to do so by ensuring our troops have the resources necessary to carry out their missions. Therefore, I support the 2011 Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee and will support procedural measures to bring it to a vote this year."

*ALSO: Could this all go down tonight: BREAKING: Senate Might Vote on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Today? [Towle]

*ALSO, ALSO: Video of Sen. Reid. announcing plans for a vote [G-A-Y]

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