Bear in mind that this vote does not repeal the ban on openly LGBT men and women serving in the military. The policy is still in effect. It does start the ball rolling, but it could realistically be several years until the ban is lifted. It could also remain in place. So proceed with caution.
Good call on the part of Steel City Stonewall Democrats to keep Critz off the slate. He voted no on the repeal.
Critz’s surprisingly comfortable special election victory over Republican Tim Burns is attributable at least in part to the fact he positioned himself as opposed to many of President Obama’s policies. Opposing them on his first major vote in Congress is a signal to voters he doesn’t plan to break that promise. It also doesn’t give Burns any potential ammunition when the two tangle once again in the general election.
The Pennsylvania delegation voted along party lines otherwise.
Well, he did make it pretty clear he was not a liberal.
More later on how the gay community is sorting itself out in response to this “progress.” This is a pivotal moment, but we may disagree on why.