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Idaho Officer Applauds DADT Repeal

Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach of Mountain Home Air Force Base told the Statesman Monday, "I'm doing great," after Saturday's Senate vote to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." Fehrenbach was in the Senate chamber as the votes were counted. "It was overwhelming," he said. "I was very emotional." Fehrenbach will appear on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Show at 7 p.m. Monday with three other gay servicemembers and a live audience. Fehrenbach first appeared with Maddow in 2008 and became one of the most prominent faces in the fight for repeal. On Tuesday, he'll be at the ceremony at the U.S. Capitol where the repeal bill will officially be sent to President Obama. He also hopes to be at the subsequent signing ceremony at the White House/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo/Ted S. Warren: Margaret Witt and Air Force Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach leave federal courthouse in Tacoma Sept. 24. Both fought their discharge from the service for being gay.)

Question: Were you surprised that Congress repealed "don't ask, don't tell" this year?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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