Will "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" be voted on this year, or anytime before 2013?

But Maginnis and the other opponent of repealing DADT on Amanpour's panel,  Elaine Donnelly, the  founder and president of the Center for Military Readiness, didn't have much to say after hearing from former Sergeant First Class Stacy Vasquez, who served in the Army for 12 years before being outed and discharged in 2003.

VASQUEZ: Yes, I was. I actually joined the Army right after high school. And every generation of men in my family had served in some conflict, and their service inspired me to go into the Army.

While I was serving for 12 years, I was promoted seven times, I was inducted into the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, and I was the top recruiter in the entire Army. I had the misfortune of being outed to my commander by a disgruntled wife.

And in my discharge paperwork that my commander wrote and signed, I'll actually read you a short excerpt, and it says that "Sergeant Vasquez's record is exceptional. She continues to demonstrate professionalism and dedication to all of the soldiers, and that should be emulated."

AMANPOUR: Was there any unit cohesion problems when you were -- when you were serving?

VASQUEZ: I'm fairly certain that the Army wouldn't have promoted me seven times and awarded me dozens of decorations if there was a problem with me and unit cohesion.

But getting back to the here and now, and whether there are the votes in the current Senate to pass a repeal of DADT? Joe Lieberman, who has been outspoken in support of repealing the 1993 legislation, thinks there are the votes to do that right now, and thus wants Harry Reid to try to get a vote in before Christmas and the end of the current Senate.

And that's critical, because with six new Republicans joining the Senate next month, there simply won't be the votes to back repeal, since nearly every Republican has indicated that they'll back Senator McCain in opposing repeal.

Complicating this is that DADT is just a part of the defense re-authorization bill that has to be voted on in the Senate.

One thing is certain: every day more parts of the liberal establishment that strongly supported Barack Obama are losing faith in the President.  The LGBT community, and others, will feel extremely let down if there isn't a vote this month, or the law doesn't change under Obama, since he campaigned hard for its repeal.

According to Politico, the White House held a meeting with gay rights advocates Friday afternoon to dispel rumors that a deal had already been made that DADT would not come up in the lame-duck.

Last Thursday and Friday, the Senate Armed Services Committee heard at times fascinating testimony on the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) 1993 policy that prohibits gay or lesbian Americans from serving openly in the military. But the real story is whether the Senate will vote on repealing it within the next couple of weeks, and are there the votes in the Senate to pass a measure?

Not if John McCain has anything to do with it.  McCain, the ranking Republican on the Committee, wants to keep on holding more hearings on the matter, certainly long enough to run out the clock in the current Congress, and he may be successful.

Last week's hearings came on the heels of a long anticipated (and much disputed in conservative circles) report on implementing the repeal of DADT.  All told, only one member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — Marine Corps. Commandant General John Amos — has been critical of that report.

Sunday morning on ABC's This Week, host Christiane Amanpour held a provocative discussion on the topic, particularly when she focused on one of the 38 nations that already allows openly gays in the military — our allies across the pond — Great Britain.

Lieutenant Colonel Bob Maginnis,  a regular presence on cable news and a man who served in the U.S. Army for 24 years,  was ready to shoot down the "If England does it, isn't it okay?" argument:

MAGINNIS: Well, this particular piece that you just showed on foreign militaries — I work with foreign militaries every day, still do, and have for many years.

You know, it's — the U.S. military is about 18 times larger than the Brits. You know, to compare them to — you know, to us is like comparing an M1A1 tank to a Roman chariot.

AMANPOUR: But the issues are the same. The issues are the same.

MAGINNIS: No, the issues are fundamentally about privacy, about unit cohesion, about trust and confidence, about readiness, about, you know, retention, you know, recruitment. You look at all those.

Unfortunately, Christiane, the — the report that the Pentagon came out with, based upon a flawed survey, doesn't support that if you look at how they did the process. And, unfortunately, unless Congress does the right thing for the nation, you know, we're going to depend upon some pretty bad research that scientists are going to disagree with.

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