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Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) is the term commonly used for the policy restricting the United States military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members or applicants, Don’t Ask, while barring those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service, Don’t Tell. The restrictions are mandated by federal law. The policy prohibits people who "demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts" from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because their presence "would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability."
The repeal of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law was blocked on Thursday by Senate Republicans and one Senate Democrat after negotiations between the parties failed. A number of moderate Republicans who said they supported repeal, including Scott Brown, Lisa Murkowski, and Sen. Joe Manchin. Sen. Susan Collins, the prime negotiating partner of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's, voted to bring the bill forward but only after it was cleared with 60 needed. The final tally was 57 Senators in favor of moving forward, 40 opposed. Sen. Joe Lieberman, a lead proponent of repeal, promised after the vote to introduce stand-alone legislation quickly to repeal the ban. "Reid [told Lieberman] he would bring it up by the end of lame duck," a Reid aide said. "That is all that I know right now. And Reid will cosponsor it."
"It ain't over until it's over," Lieberman said. "We're going to keep fighting until the clock runs out, and as I look at it there's still a lot of time to get this done."