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Kirk to Skip Signing of DADT Repeal

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Kirk to Skip Signing of DADT Repeal
Mark Kirk

Sen. Mark Kirk won't be attending a ceremony at the Interior Department where President Barack Obama is to sign a repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

The White House extended an invitation to Kirk to attend the White House signing, but Kirk's office said he has a scheduling conflict.

Kirk broke with his majority of Senate Republicans on Saturday to support repeal of the policy banning gays in the military.  A spokeswoman, Kate Dickens, said it's unfortunate the senator can't attend.

She says Kirk's schedule couldn't be changed.

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