Senate votes to repeal DADT

Dec 18, 2010

DADT posts

Congress has done all it can to repeal DADT – now it’s up to the Commander in Chief.

Senate advances bill to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
  • House voted 250-175 (breakdown)
  • Senate voted 65-31 (55 D, 2I, 8R)
  • Final approval by Military
  • POTUS signature
  • New procedures written by the Military
  • 60 days later it goes into effect
  • No provision to stop DADT discharges in the meantime

Sole Democrat opposed: Joe Manchin (WV)

GOP in favor: Lisa Murkowski (AK), Mark Kirk (IL), Scott Brown (MA), Susan Collins (ME), Olympia Snowe (ME), George Voinovich (OH) and once it was a done deal – John Ensign (NV), Richard Burr (NC).

Excerpt of OUTSERVE statement:

Today’s vote by the Senate is a step forward for America. Today our military is stronger, our nation is stronger, and we are closer than ever to the day when our integrity will no longer be compromised. The vote to proceed to cloture on the repeal of the law barring honest military service by lesbian and gay soldiers is a victory for the thousands of lesbian and gay troops currently serving and a tribute to lesbian and gay veterans and those who have lost their lives defending our country.

And what happens to the 13.5K troops who have already been discriminated against and discharged from their jobs with the full knowledge of the president of the United States, the Pentagon, fellow servicemembers, the ACLU and every other human rights group in the US?

It’s clear at least one soldier – Lt Dan Choi – will never be the same.

Tribune comment:

American Defender | Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I’m sitting on an airplane on my way home for leave. I have defended this country for 7 years for the right for all Americana to be equal. Today, my rights have been solidified. Thank you Sen. Kirk–this is an amazing Christmas present. Happy holidays and God bless America!

Read other servicemembers’ reactions


[Tom Toles /Washington post]

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