Senate Panel and House Vote to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Friday, May 28, 2010

The effort to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military passed two critical tests Thursday, with the U.S. House of Representatives and an important Senate committee endorsing a compromise to end the vehemently homophobic, Clinton-era policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

Late Thursday, in a vote in the House, lawmakers endorsed an amendment that would repeal the ban by 234 to 194. In the largely party-line vote, 26 Democrats joined 168 Republicans in opposition. Five Republicans supported the repeal.

Earlier, in a closed session, the Senate Armed Services Committee endorsed the plan, 16-12. The measure now goes on to to a full Senate vote.

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13 Responses to Senate Panel and House Vote to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

  1. Dale L. Suyeishi says:

    I can’t quite believe this policy from a bygone era of cowardice and homophobia courtesy of Bill Clinton is nearly a thing of the past.

    If the Senate votes to approve, the bill goes to Obama who has said repeatedly he would sign it.

    Any possibility the 13,500 men and women tossed out under DADT could be reinstated? That would be so damned sweet.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    The so-called “compromise” repeal bill seems half-hearted to me. Why can’t these Capitol Hill fools including Nancy Pelosi, just write and advance a real repeal bill and stop dancing around the issue? 8 in 10 Americans have no problem with gays in the military, so why does the Congress?

  3. Joe Jerkwad says:

    Revised policy for the military is “Don’t Kiss, Don’t Yell.”

    Keep smiling! 🙂

  4. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    The “compromise” is a procedural matter allowing the Pentagon to complete their integration study expected to be completed in December.

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is dead. I know it seems like more Beltway posturing but, by this time next year, the policy will no longer be part of the Uniform Military Code and the law will be amended,

  5. Walk on Socks says:

    Rep. Mary Bono Mack from Palm Springs, CA voted “NO.” Apparently, this stupid twat thinks siding with the likes of John McCain will earn her cred with her base.

    What she failed to calculate is, this is her Waterloo and she will lose her House seat over the vote.

    The LGBT community is spittin’ mad and she’s now a target. Hope it was worth is, Mare. 🙂

  6. Tiny Dancer says:

    All I can say is, it’s about time.

    13,500 men and women have been kicked to the curb by this terrible policy.

  7. Rachel says:

    Getting this policy reversed has been more complex than reinventing the wheel. I hope Billary is happy with the nightmare his wussiness delivered to the lives of 13,500 gay men and lesbians who were kicked out of the military at a critical time in our history.

  8. Peace Nick says:

    I’m happy but at the sametime I can’t help but think about all the good and decent lives turned upside down as a result of DADT.

    What a waste.

  9. Conejo1982 says:

    Getting this DADT compromise bill through the U.S. House was a breeze.

    Getting it through the U.S. Senate is going to be much more difficult. I would say Harry Reid can be counted on but, he’s busy now trying to save his political ass so, who can we count on? Lieberman? Gillibrand?

  10. Jolly Roger says:

    The Klanservatives (a measurable number of who are closet cases themselves) will throw everything they can get at stopping this. Thankfully, the American people are sick and tired of this denigration of patriotic American citizens.

  11. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    Freedom and equality is not something the LGBT gets without a battle.

  12. fran says:

    McCain is all in a huff about it.

    What a backwards bunch of goons in the Senate.

  13. mccain, being the douchebag he is, will do everything to stop this – you would think all those years in a prison would have knocked some sense into him in his later years. what if a gay soldier had come to his rescue – would he toss him out

    the fact this is being debated is pathetic – it just shows how far this country has sunk – some “great’ power – we cant even treat people equally, we cant keep the oceans clean and we cant spend money correctly. and yet we keep voting assholes like mccain and bachmann in, we get what we deserve

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