January 15th, 2010
03:07 PM ET
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Lawmakers might tack 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repeal on to bill

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Officials warn that with wars ongoing in Iraq and Afghanistan, above, changes to military policy will not come quickly.

Washington (CNN) - In an effort to repeal the military's policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," some members of Congress are looking at putting a provision into the defense authorization bill coming up for a vote.

Passed by Congress in 1993, the law allows for the discharge of gay, lesbian and bisexual members of the military if they announce their orientation, engage in sexual relations and are caught, or attempt to marry a
person of the same gender.

Since its enactment, more than 13,500 service members have been discharged, at a cost of more than $400 million, said the office of Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, in a statement.

Part of the reason for including it in the spending bill is that supporters don't have enough votes to pass a separate measure repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell: the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009.

An aide to a leading sponsor of the current defense bill admits that Don't Ask, Don't Tell legislation has not secured the support of the 218 members needed to approve it on its own.

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  1. Centrist

    Although good intention in the 90's, it is time now to repeal DADT to avoid the misguided discharge of our service men & women, who serve America with honor.

    God bless the USA!

    January 15, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Peter s

    Its called paying and appeasing the far left!!!. When will you realize that the popularlity of this Government tanked when you associated yourself with the far left!? Conservatives democrates and independents are mad!! and please keep wwatching the polls because the deomcrates will pay for this big time!!!

    January 15, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Matt from UT

    This congress is disgusting.

    January 15, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  4. Obama Victim

    Dems must have a death wish....can they not see that the country is not buying their left wing agenda???.....low approval rating.....losing in Virginia and New Jersey...and now Mass.....like a circular firing aquad

    January 15, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  5. seebofubar

    I wouldn't do that....Obama may have to reveal his little secret.

    January 15, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. Typical

    Typical sneaky tactics by the idiots in congress, if it can't get passed on it's own merits, let's tack it on to something that has to be passed.

    January 15, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  7. The Lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Nice, good luck with that.

    January 15, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Libertarian

    Hrm....now that troops are getting spread thin we're gonna tell the Gays/Lesbians that we need them? LOL

    "Sorry for all the hate/bigotry over the years folks but now we need your help". Repubs are really gonna have to beg forgiveness now.

    January 15, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    My grandmother, who died in 1996 at the age of 90, worked in the Bremerton, Washington shipyards during WWII. She survived the Great Depression and was one of the strongest people I've ever known.

    I remember talking to her in 1994 (when she was 88 years old) about gays serving in the military, and her response was, "If they want to serve their country, we should let them."

    I doubt my grandmother would call herself a Liberal; she was just a person who had lived through very trying times and knew that what counted when it came to defending our country was character. A person's sexuality was a private affair, and as long as a gay person followed the other codes of military conduct (not fraternizing with superiors, etc.), she absolutely didn't have a problem with gays serving.

    I agree whole-heartedly with my Grandma – and support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

    January 15, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  10. gt

    if they do this ,, it will drive away independents in droves,,,,back room deals like this is why congress is viewed worest than used car salesman,,, my apology to use cars salesman and snake oil venders.

    January 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. Tor Lars

    So... the bill doesn't have the support of the people, and that's why these democrat representatives of the people will slip it in to a bill. Makes perfect sense when you just don't care about anything but an agenda, but very little if you know your job. Gee, I wonder why democrats are losing support so fast and furious.... Painful.

    January 15, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  12. Kevin in Ohio

    Oppositie of "don't ask, dont tell" is "ask and tell"..... how in God's name is that better?

    January 15, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Dodd Democrat...

    The cost is going to be more than 400 million when soldiers decide to no longer serve because of these changes.

    We should let the military members vote and decide this issue since they are the only ones that will be impacted.

    January 15, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. shmeckell

    What is so bad about don’t ask don’t tell. What are the other alternatives, 4 sets of restrooms/showers? I don’t think it is perfect but what is a better solution. Just getting rid of don’t ask don’t tell is pretty much the same as just having unisex showers in the military, which I am sure would go over big with a lot of the guys, but it is just not fair to the others.

    The amount of harassment cases that would follow would be unprecedented. You would have sexual harassment from the straight people and physical harassment from the gays getting beaten. It is not perfect but what is a better solution. It would not be fair to the other 99% of the population just because 1% have a lot of money and lobbyists working for them.

    January 15, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  15. whybs on twitter

    "Don't ask, Don't Tell" policy is the ultimate GOP hypocrisy! All of them (from the top brass down to the interns) touch themselves! :)

    Why repeal it? Keep it there & help save the lives of the oppressed! It's god's plan! :)

    January 15, 2010 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  16. John, Brooklyn, NY

    It is perfectly appropriate to include the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" into the Military Readiness Enhancement Act. By virtue of its name, the bill is intended to leverage every possible resource available to the military (including both financial and human capital) to continue to giant task of keeping America safe.

    For example, the military desperately needs military intelligence personnel who can translate Arabic but their recruitment and retention efforts are undermined by the current policies. Do we think that this situation is in America's best interests?

    It is unfortunate that the opponents of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell are willing to place the defense of their own homophobia above the defense of America.

    January 15, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  17. Bren

    The Democrats are nothing but sneaky, manipulative, treasonous crooks.

    Then, when the Republicans do not support the Defense Spending Bill because of this amendment---they will cry......."look, the Republicans are not supporting assistance for our troops".

    And, any responsible media journalists would report WHY the Repubicans would not support the Bill-–but there are not many of those left anymore.

    January 15, 2010 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  18. Sea.gem

    Jim Moran is a long-time liar who sold his soul to the far-left a long time ago...oops I repeated myself, liar and far-left are the same thing.

    January 15, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  19. Ms S Callahan

    Well that is the dumest thing I have read today....trying to sly wry into the mix of things and you'll hold up critical dollars to support our troops. Don't attach.

    January 15, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  20. jules sand-perkins

    If a Democrat-packed Congress does not support the repeal of DADT, how can the Democratic Party expect the gay and lesbian community to continue to support them with votes and contributions? It makes no sense to me.
    DADT was enacted under President Clinton, a Democrat.
    Many gay men and lesbians are highly successful: they would pay less in taxes under a Republican-dominated government.
    Maybe they'll reconsider the whole thing and become Republicans, if the Democrats aren't giving back anything in gratitude for their support.

    January 15, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  21. melody

    Passed by Congress in 1993, the law ,we need to keep it........I, am a christian .I, am a firm believer in the bible and god!

    January 15, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  22. manny

    The Obamists must think that civil war is a good idea.

    January 15, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  23. Albo58

    The Dimwits know that they couldn't pass this in a stand alone bill so as usual they are trying to hide it in another bill! So will this Defense Authorization bill be 2 or 3000 pages?

    January 15, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  24. ICARE

    CDC reported that there is an increase in AIDS with unhealthy lifestyles.

    So if you are going to change anything, WHAT are you GOING to do MAKE SURE, people will not be infected with the AIDS virus, while serving the country?

    You CAN DIE FROM AIDS. If not contained, our national security will be at risk? Imagine an entire army dying from AIDS?

    Dont be stupid

    January 15, 2010 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  25. Sarkar

    oh, come on. they're volunteering to put their lives on the line for the sake of this country!! if the government doesn't want them, it's their loss.
    (this is why i dont say the pledge. what happened to "justice for all"??)

    January 15, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
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