Burr surprises many with switch on DADT
WASHINGTON – Both United States Senators from North Carolina voted on Saturday to end the military’s policy of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in reference to those wishing to serve in the military and their sexual preferences.
Senator Richard Burr told Washington’s “The Hill” that he didn’t think this was the right time for such a broad policy change but once the Republican filibuster had been overcome he voted in favor of ending the policy.
Burr told The Hill: “I have vehemently objected to making a policy change of this magnitude at this time,” he said, but added that once the filibuster was overcome, “that settled that.”
Burr continued: “A majority of Americans have grown up at a time that they don’t think exclusion is the right thing for the United States to do,” Burr said, also noting, “It is not accepted practice anywhere else in our society and it only makes sense.”
Senator Burr, a Republican, and Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat, joined 63 other Senators in voting to end the 17-year-old policy. Burr was one of 8 Republicans who voted “yes” to repeal the ban.
The roll call of the 8 Republicans who voted “yes”: Brown, Mass.; Burr, N.C.; Collins, Maine; Ensign, Nev.; Kirk, Ill.; Murkowski, Alaska; Snowe, Maine; Voinovich, Ohio.
All 55 Democrats and the two Independents in the Senate voted in favor of the bill.