House Votes To Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to end 'don't ask, don't tell,' the 1993 policy that bars openly gay men and lesbians from serving in the military.

The vote followed passage earlier by a Senate committee that took a first step toward ending the policy that allows gays to serve in the military only if they don't disclose their sexual orientation.

In a 16-12 vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a provision to repeal the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the only Republican to vote for the amendment to a defense spending bill, said it passed after "vigorous and aggressive debate."

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., who promoted the measure with Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., said: "It's time for this policy to go. It doesn't reflect America's best values of equal opportunity, and it's not good for the military."

Repealing the 1993 law, a priority of gay rights groups that President Barack Obama has pledged to pursue, still faces a tough road.

The full House took up the identical amendment late Thursday amid fierce opposition, particularly among Republicans who cited letters from military service chiefs urging Congress to hold off on the legislation until the Pentagon completes a study of the impact on military life and readiness.

The measure could face a filibuster when it reaches the Senate floor.

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  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    Anonymous May 28, 12:22, there is 1 out of 7 comments referencing God and yet you have chosen to lump everyone making a comment as "close minded ignorant arrogant bible belt thumpin' ". To me that speaks volumes as to what your agenda really is...You are already looking to demonize Christians. Wow, I can't believe how close minded, ignorant, arrogant and intolerant you are Anonymous. Pot calling the kettle black...that's sad!
  • by ECUGUY Location: Greenville on May 28, 2010 at 09:38 AM
    I'm gonna make one comment on this story and leave it alone! Most people outside of the gay community have no clue how many gay people are serving our country. And not many people know how many of the so-called straight men are doing not so righteous things as well while being in the military. I believe that if someone were taking it upon themselves to step up and defend us in the wars we are fighting, then why would you deny them that right regardless of their sexual orientation? Things are no different with the current policy then they would be if it was would just have people being themselves. People need to be confident enough in their own selves and their own sexuality to be able to work with those of differing sexualities.
  • by Anonymous on May 28, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    Wow. I can't believe how close minded ignorant arrogant bible belt thumpin' you people are. You guys love discrimination. I'm in the Military, and I oppose DADT.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on May 28, 2010 at 03:22 AM
    The Repub. Sen. from Maine must not be up for reelection this time to vote for this. The Dems are pushing it because this may be their last chance for a long time and have to pay off politically for their gay voting block support. They are afraid of the current poll being taken among service members regarding the issue being made public.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on May 28, 2010 at 03:08 AM
    The USA has officially been taken over by the politically correct liberals. How much more patience will God have with this country? Vote the bums out in November.
  • by Bon Location: Greenville on May 27, 2010 at 10:41 PM
    gays are not welcome by the majority of people in the military.....accept the women! hahahahahaha
  • by Hal on May 27, 2010 at 09:16 PM
    I think that politicians could have picked a better time to further their own agendas regarding this topic. How about we let our military leaders focus on the two wars we are fighting right now than have to worry about controversial issues such as this? Gotta get those votes I guess....The best way would be to allow current military members and military veterans to vote on this topic. But I guess the politicians know what is best.
  • by James Tiberius Kirk Location: Star Fleet Command on May 27, 2010 at 08:34 PM
    Soldiers have always policed their own ranks, this decision will cause someone to be hurt.

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