May 27th, 2010
05:50 AM ET
4 years ago

Byrd to support 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' repeal amendment

Washington (CNN) - Sen. Robert Byrd, D-West Virginia, announced Wednesday that he would support an amendment to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay and lesbian servicemembers after securing a change that would delay implementation of the repeal for 60 days after certification of a military review.


Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Robert Byrd
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  1. No Incumbents 2010

    Byrd is an invalid. What happened is his aides decided to seek the amendment for a 60-day delay.

    May 27, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  2. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    I dare Congress to take a poll to determine how many of its members who vote against the DADT are themselves divorced? Their own marriages are suspect yet they refuse to allow others to get married for no other reason than their own stupidity.

    May 27, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. get real

    Great news! This is one of the dumbest policies EVER. Why should a person's sexuality prevent them from serving in the military?!? The two have absolutely nothing in common. We have heterosexual men and women serving next to each other right now, and the world as we know it hasn't ended. Seriously, we don't give our military men and women enough credit. They can handle this!

    BTW, I'm happy to hear that women are now allowed to serve on submarines. Another STUPID policy that has ended!

    May 27, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. gary

    I kinda agree with Sen Byrd on this one...but I've heard that he has dementia and he really is unable to discuss, debate or vote on bills. If he really has dementia he should step down and give someone else a chance to represent WV

    May 27, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. gt

    byrd dont even know where he is at... old man retire... drip drip drip... just small little things that this president is doing will tear the soul out of this country.... drip drip drip...

    May 27, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. Hugo

    Sen. Byrd is a senile old fool most likely sitting in his own stew, . Someone please change his Depends and prompt West Virginia to elect a CONSERVATIVE someone from this century...

    May 27, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. Peace

    Good move it is not barbaric Sen. Byrd. You have really served the nation. We appreciate your good service!

    May 27, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Simon/Orlando

    Is that old dimwit still capable of forming a coherent thought?

    May 27, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  9. s g

    not sure having sen byrd endorsing the repeal is what i would hold my hat with. no disrespect meant but are we sure he knows what he is supporting? think it needs to be repealed.

    May 27, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Sniffit

    Fair enough. Nobody is beyond redemption I suppose. Some just choose not to bother to try, right GOPers?

    May 27, 2010 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. Robert Warner

    This is what legislators are supposed to do- negotiate, compromise and get things done instead of stamping their feet and screaming "NO!". Are you paying attention, GOP?

    May 27, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Liz the First

    This needs to pass! This is a good compromise. The military needs to figure out how best to implement it, not whether to implement it. Now is a good time, while we are engaged in two wars. Soldiers have more important things to think about than who among them is gay. If they have a problem with gay people in their unit, there should be counseling available to help them overcome their bigotry. Gays and lesbians are serving openly and honorably in most of the world's armies with no problem. It's time our armed forces joined the 21st century.

    May 27, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  13. Bob Of Lompoc

    Does he really know what he is voting on? I am politically united with him, but geeeeez, when you get to be 123 years old maybe you should not be making laws for U. S. Citizens to obey. I have to give it to him though: He is not a quitted, unlike former Coed at four Colleges, former Governor and former V-P Candidate, Ms. Saturday Night At The Race Track.

    May 27, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. Jakey

    I hope they plan to offer an out option to members of the military currently serving if they repeal this. Bear in mind that members of the military do not have the option to just quit and leave the military if they find themselves in undesirable circumstances, as is the case with any civilian job.

    It is easy for people to say they support gays in the military when they are not in the military, and do not have to live with them 24/7, sleeping in common berthing quarters, using common showers and open toilets with no stalls, doors, or walls.

    I will be especially interested to see how people like former Admiral Sestak vote on this – whether he sells out the military or stands up for them. This will be his first test, and an early gauge of whether he can be trusted with my vote come November.

    May 27, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  15. EffOneATx

    What happens when you have gays living and sleeping in the same quarters with normal people ? Wil they lust after others they find attractive? And what normal person wants someone to look at them in that way.What about showers? Do you want some gay guy looking at your naked body ? What about sexual harassment? I say if you want to be gay keep it to your self and quit shoving you perverted lifestyle "down" everybodys throat, being gay is your choice and your opinion and not some birthright or genetics, its your own perverted lifestyle that you have been brainwashed to believe is your right.This does not give you special rights or laws above others, wich you already have that discrimmate against straight people. Gays are just like everybody elsewhere except they have sex with their own same sex, wich if you look at the atomy of the human body you can tell we didn't evolve to have sex or reproduce with the same sex, this is mans own creation and lust run a muck, shame on all who go along with this great American Hoax ! Think about it.................

    May 27, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |