Reid: Senate will vote on DADT repeal after Thanksgiving

WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, announced he'll bring a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" to the Senate floor after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Wednesday's announcement makes good on a personal promise the senator made in July to discharged Army Lt. Dan Choi in July.

[Click here to watch a video of that promise]

"We need to repeal this discriminatory policy so that any American who wants to defend our country can do so," said the senator in a news release about the controversial law that prevents openly gay individuals from serving in the military.

Reid's move comes after a political firestorm was touched off this week when nine members of GetEqual superglued their handcuffs to the White House fence.

Reid indicated a repeal seems possible because it has the support of two of the most senior officials in the military: Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

"Our Defense Department supports repealing ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell' as a way to build our all-volunteer armed forces," Reid noted. 

[Click here to read the entirety of Reid's statement (HTML)]

In a joint news release, the Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network said they met key Senate leadership and White House officials to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the bill to which the repeal is attached.

"The officials told [us] that Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama are committed to moving forward on repeal," the release confirmed.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund also attended the event.

[Click here to read the entire HRC statement (HTML)]

Reid, who supports the repeal, voted against it in September. Due to senate rules, he was required to do so in order to be able to reintroduce the bill to the floor during the lame duck session.

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