A spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said the state's junior senator is still undecided
on a potential vote to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
policy, and that he opposes calling a vote on the bill before a federal
spending bill is approved. The House voted yesterday to pass a stand-alone repeal, which now awaits action in the Senate. Last week, Kirk joined Republicans in filibustering
a defense authorization bill that contained a repeal of the policy.
Republican Sens. Susan Collins (ME), Scott Brown (MA), Olumpia Snow
(ME), and Lisa Murkowski (AK) have vowed to support the stand-alone measure.