Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) announced today that he would vote in support of repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. The Senator previously opposed repeal, saying "homosexuality is a sin" and was taken to task by both local and national Stonewall Democrat groups.
On many previous occasions, I have said that I would oppose repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell until I had heard from our servicemen and women regarding this policy. I have now carefully reviewed all of the findings, reports, and testimony from our armed forces on this matter and I accept the Pentagon's recommendations to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. I also accept the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs' commitment that this policy can be implemented in a manner that does not harm our military's readiness, recruitment, or retention. We have the strongest military in the world and we will continue to do so by ensuring our troops have the resources necessary to carry out their missions. Therefore, I support the 2011 Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee and will support procedural measures to bring it to a vote this year.
No word yet from Arkansas' other Senator, Blanche Lincoln, on whether or not she'll also flip her vote although Republicans like Senators Scott Brown (MA), Lisa Murkowski (AK) and Susan Collins (ME) have announced their support.