May 28th, 2010
04:42 PM ET
4 years ago

House passes bill to allow for repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Washington (CNN) – The House of Representatives has passed a bill allowing for the eventual repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bars openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service.

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    About frickin time. Now how hard was that? I must say that congressional democrats are the "Party of Results." This is Change I Can Believe In Simple Sarah. You betcha!!!

    May 28, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    As a Army vet, I'm glad they're repealing this law. I'm not gay, but I definitely don't support discrimination. Furthermore, 1 of the 7 Army Core Values is INTEGRITY. If a soldier has to lie about their sexual orientation, that's not being truthful. So either repeal the law, or stricken INTEGRITY from the Army Core Values.

    May 28, 2010 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  3. Tulsa

    Bout dang time.

    May 28, 2010 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Eat it, conservative bigots. Nom nom nom.

    May 28, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  5. Paul H

    Why not just keep this great big government out of this issue, and let our military leader make the decision.

    May 28, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  6. gt

    these democrats have done more to drag this country into the cess a pool of moral decay than any group of idiots ever...

    May 28, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. Marlene

    Thank goodness the House finally got this done. Now if the Senate has the courage to follow suit, all Americans will have equal opportunity to serve in the military. Lots of GOP'ers don't agree, as evidenced by how they voted, but Congress has made some great strides since Jan. 2009 to move America into the 21st century. I know the Party of No would prefer the status quo, but I'm thankful that the Democratic party has made the most of the opportunity they were given. Now if there is any life left in Congress, could you please finish the financial reform bill. Marlene in Mich

    May 28, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    I wonder how many lives would have been saved if the gay Arabic translators hadn't been forced out of our military by DADT?

    We need all the dedicated, talented, brave Americans we can get.

    Ad frankly, as long as a person respects the military regulations regarding fraternization, I don't care what their sexual orientation is.

    May 28, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. ThinkAgain

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again:

    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."

    She would never have described herself as a Liberal (she was a registered Republican); 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."

    May 28, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. Pray for the Priests

    I applaud this decision....if you fight and possibly die for this nation, you deserve all the respect in the world and all the equal rights everyone else in this country SHOULD have.

    Pray for the chaplains, ministers, priests and clergymen involved with the Armed forces who are so narrow minded and UNLIKE the dieties they worship that they would deny a person access to their services because that person was gay.....or that they would be so smallhearted and petty that they would remove themselves from the military completely because the military as a whole is now more tolerant than these religious bigots.

    As someone said, this is roughly the same backwards argument that was tried when African Americans were allowed into the military, and when women were allowed into the military.

    And a message to Rand Paul, Hispanics who are NOT citizens come and join our Army and put their lives in danger just for the chance to become a citizen. Will you next be calling for the ouster of all non-citizens in the armed forces?

    May 28, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. CONNIE

    Now watch and see men and women leave the military because of this. the majority of military people are straight there is a small percentage of gays but enough to have the straights drop out.

    May 28, 2010 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  12. Naqib

    uhhhh... that's not the militarys rule

    Democrat William J. Clinton passed that law...

    The military just follows the laws set by the gov...

    May 28, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Mikey

    Okay no posts are yet visible, but I just can't wait for the avalanche of ignorant remarks from the narrowminded homophobes. This is really a silly issue if you consider that gays serve in most countries with few problems. Just as with immigration, the list of countries with backwards, draconian policies is not one we should aspire to join.

    May 28, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Why not just keep this great big government out of this issue, and let our military leader make the decision."

    Might want to rethink that if you're so bent on keeping DADT. Obama is Commander in Chief, moron...he is THE leader of the military.

    May 28, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Now watch and see men and women leave the military because of this. the majority of military people are straight "

    1. The majority of the military is not bigotted.

    2. They signed up to serve their country. Their country has spoken...not just via the Constitutional processes of a congressional vote, but also because, based on every single poll taken, 80% of the populace wanted this repealed. If they cannot serve their country according to what their country wants, WE DON'T WANT THEM.

    May 28, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  16. Joe

    We're moving this country in the right direction...

    I have many gay friends who are currently serving in the military. They are all dutiful, patriotic, and smart people.

    May 28, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. notfooledbydistractions

    Good, it's about time the military functions like the rest of the world – we all interact with gays and lesbians every day without issue, the military should also. I'm sure that the gays/lesbians that have been serving will still have their brothers back, just as they always have.

    There's no place for the paranoia – time for a reality check. Those serving deserve to do so with the same dignity that straight soldiers do.

    Thankfully, this is one arena that the right won't be getting "their country" back. Hooray for progress!!!

    May 28, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  18. andy

    Why when someone dosen't agree with your lifestyle you libs have to call them names. Who cares anything about your sexual preferance and nothing says anyone has to agree with or like it. Libs are a pathetic bunch.

    May 28, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  19. Don't want to ask, so don't tell me.

    Good, now can we get on to dealing with matters that are important ?

    May 28, 2010 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  20. Naqib

    Sniffit
    "based on every single poll taken, 80% of the populace wanted this repealed."

    Glad you agree... almost the same results for the health care bill

    But I also agree with you... it's about time someone threw out Clintons bigoted law...

    May 28, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  21. Brandon

    As a Social Conservative. The Gay Agenda is actually called Equal Rights!!!!!!!!!! Please inform the Tea Party and the GOP of this aka Bigots.

    May 28, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  22. Shaking head in disbelief

    A couple months back the GOP was screaming about how horrible it was that the Democrats were voting against the polls for health care. "Vote as the majority of Americans are telling you to do." "Follow the will of the people." These were the lines that were spewed from each of the GOP congress members mouths. How funny that they soon forget their own advice when the will of the people no longer backs what they want, even when the vast majority of Republicans say they approve of the repeal.

    According to Joe Strupp here on CNN.com "Support is widespread, even among Republicans. Nearly six in ten Republicans favor allowing openly gay individuals to serve in the military," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said in the story. "There is a gender gap, with 85 percent of women and 71 percent of men favoring the change, but support remains high among both groups."

    Where is the outrage now?

    May 28, 2010 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Allen in Hartwell GA

    I served in the military from 1969 until 1991, before DADT. During that time homosexuals were not welcome, but I don't know if they were banned – probably were. I know there were homosexuals serving, but they kept low-key for the most part.
    I never liked DADT, but on the other hand I never learned to accept homosexuals. Bottom line is, if you want to live that way you are better off not making an issue of it.

    May 28, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  24. Sniffit

    Cute Naqib:

    1. Clinton didn't enact it, so it's not really his law. Congress makes laws. While he didn't veto it, it's still either a sign that you're either a liar or don't understand the different branches of gov't that you like to call it his. Choose.

    2. I cited the 80% opinion regarding DADT as evidence that military servicemen would be serving the will of the majority of the country by accepting this and simply doing their jobs. Your analogy is inept though. The difference is that representatives are not elected/hired to vote based solely on what polls of their constituents tell them. If that were the case, we wouldn't need them. They are elected to vote based on what they believe is the best for their constituents and this country and are not under direct orders otherwise the way military personnel are. That being said, we have a process for removing them if we don't want them...it's called the next election. Nice try though. Sometimes distinctions matter.

    May 28, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Why when someone dosen't agree with your lifestyle you libs have to call them names."

    Cry us a river. Don't like being called a bigot? Don't be one.

    May 28, 2010 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
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