Sep 21, 2010 7:15 PM by Greg Boyce
WASHINGTON (AP) - A Clinton administration official is assailing the Senate for failing to advance legislation that would have allowed gays to serve openly in the military.
Former White House adviser Richard Socarides called today 's development in the Senate "a political train wreck." Senate Republicans blocked an effort by Democrats and the White House to lift the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, voting unanimously against advancing a major defense policy bill that included the provision.
The mostly partisan vote dealt a major blow to gay rights groups which saw the legislation as their best hope, at least before the fall elections, for repeal of the 17-year-old ban. If Democrats lose seats in November, as many expect, repealing the ban could prove even more difficult next year.