BREAKING: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repealed by 65-31 Senate Vote

Saturday, December 18, 2010


By a decisive 65-31 vote, the Senate on Saturday repealed the 17-year old, Clinton-era military ban on openly gay and lesbian Americans serving in the military known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Obama will reportedly sign it next week. The legislation says the president and his top military advisers must certify that lifting the ban won’t hurt troops’ fighting ability and after that, there’s an additional 60-day waiting period for the military.

The stand-alone repeal bill first cleared the House with a 250-175 votes on Wednesday.

The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” means for the first time in American history, gays and lesbians would be openly accepted by the military and could acknowledge their sexual orientation without fear of being discharged.

The United States now joins the community of 25 nations allowing gays to serve in their militaries.

Editor Note: I personally want to thank Sens. Kirstin Gillibrand, Joe Lieberman, Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, for their tireless effort to clean up after former President Bill Clinton.

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10 Responses to BREAKING: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repealed by 65-31 Senate Vote

  1. Walk on Socks says:

    But remember. The certification isn’t law until Obie signs it and then the military has an additional 60 day review.

    If you’re a soldier and gay or lesbian, please, please keep quiet until the end of February, 2011 because as it stands, you can still be discharged under DADT.

    We’re close but not there yet.

  2. Mauigirl says:

    Oh, he’ll sign it all right! And hopefully the stupid waiting period will be over quickly. I still can’t believe it! They actually did it. They overturned DADT. I am amazed and so glad.

  3. Carpe Diem says:

    The repeal of DADT represents a first step.

    The repeal doesn’t change the UCMJ. The UCMJ states service members cannot lie, must answer honestly to any inquiries, cannot plead the 5th, and per section 125, cannot engage in sexual contact that is other than vaginal-penile. I know, this sounds like an SNL skit but it’s true and even though soldiers receive blow jobs and engage in anal intercourse as often as civilians, they can be charged and discharged for sex crimes if they violate section 125.

    Think about it. If you’re a gay man and fuck your partner, they can get you for the type of sex you engage in.

    If you’re found to lie, you can serve 5 years in a military prison because butt sex is a violation of the UCMJ.

    Why might this matter you think since DADT was repealed today by the US Senate? Because it’s the difference between an honorable discharge of a dishonorable discharge. Under a dishonorable discharge, you lose all your military benefits.

    I’m sorry to be a buzz kill but for gay and lesbian Americans, the repeal of DADT is just a small first step. The military itself must change it’s rule and bylaws if true equality if the ultimate goal.

  4. feminazi says:

    I just heard and made my way to my computer. What wonderful news and what a great gift to the gay community! Finally, something we can celebrate and cheer! Hugs and kisses!🙂

  5. Tiny Dancer says:

    John McCain and Elaine Donnelly were placed on suicide watch!

  6. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    This is huge.

    Like Feminazi said, a wonderful Christmas present for our community and at long last, something we can all celebrate. And like Carpe Diem said, we still have work to do.

  7. Randy Arroyo says:

    Frankly, I’m surprised. I thought the repeal effort was DOA this year. I know Obama wanted to get on the big metal bird and fly off to Honolulu for the holidays, so I didn’t think he could bothered to man the phones? In any case, this is a historic day, indeed and I’m thrilled.

  8. bradfrmphnx says:

    Congratulations to my fellow Americans in the LGBT community. This has been a long time coming. There is still work to do for this community and others, but let all of America be happy for putting this hypocrisy to rest.

    And congratulations to our leaders (well…some of them) for finally getting something right.

  9. Jolly Roger says:

    Adultery is a crime in the military, FWIW, and they occasionally still prosecute people for THAT.

    I am glad to see this done. Now, can we extend the benefits military spouses get to the partners in gay relationships?

  10. Big Hank says:

    Lieberman surprised me. I didn’t expect such leadership from him.

    Maybe he’s getting in-touch with his former liberal roots? Whatever the case, he’s to be applauded for his work on the repeal effort.

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