by Bree Abel
On Thursday, the Senate rejected the bill that would've repealed DADT granting equal rights to gays and lesbians serving in the military. The 57-40 vote was only three short of passing.
But that's not stopping supporters of the repeal.
The New York Times blog The Caucus quotes President Obama: “While today’s vote was disappointing it must not be the end of our efforts. I urge the Senate to revisit these important issues during the lame duck session.”
Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Joseph Lieberman announced that they plan to introduce a new bill, according to the Times. Majority Leader Harry Reid says he'll allow another vote on a freestanding bill before the end of the term.
Failure of the bill also means delaying approval of a military spending bill attached to the repeal that would increase salary and benefits for soldiers and provide better equipment to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Congress hasn't shot down a defense spending bill in 48 years, the Times says in an editorial.