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White House working with Congress on DADT repeal

It appears the White House is finally moving on a legislative repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”  The Advocate reports on a tip from out official John Berry that the administration is working closely with Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) to develop a legislative strategy that would repeal the law banning openly LGBT servicemembers in the U.S. military.

A spokesman for Senator Lieberman confirmed that the senator had been speaking to the White House about the bill. “Senator Lieberman has had discussions with representatives of the Administration and others on the best way to reverse this policy, which he has opposed since it was first proposed in 1993,” said Marshall Wittmann, Lieberman’s press secretary. Wittmann gave no further information on the senator’s plans regarding the legislation.

At the moment, the sticking point appears to be finding the proper Senator to sponsor and introduce the legislation.  Jake Reed of Rhode Island, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, and Mark Udall of Colorado are all potential lead sponsors of a Senate companion bill to match Rep. Patrick Murphy’s (D-Penn.) house bill introduced in March.