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Sen. Mark Kirk turns down White House invite to Don't Ask, Don't Tell bill signing

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WASHINGTON--Freshman Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), one of eight Republicans to vote for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" legislation to repeal bans on gays serving openly in the military, is turning down an invitation from the Obama White House to attend the bill signing ceremony on Wednesday.

Kirk spokesman Kate Dickens said Kirk cannot attend the ceremony because he has pre-scheduled "calls on hiring and leases for Springfield and Metro East offices." Kirk was sworn-in on Nov. 29.

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It seems that the Republicans who voted yes are pretty much ashamed of how they voted - they don't want people to know they voted yes for fear of punishment from the base. They don't want to go to the bill signing and they don't want to talk about it.

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