November 8th, 2010
08:05 PM ET
3 years ago

Signs of trouble for Dems who want to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'

Washington (CNN) – In the wake of the gains by Republicans in last week's election, the prospects for a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" appear to be diminishing daily.

Over the weekend, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that while he continues to support the repeal of the policy, which bans openly gay troops from serving, he does not see it as a foregone conclusion.
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  1. T'sah from Virginia

    All of those RepubliCAN'T gays that came forward and are no longer in the CLOSET can’t move these Head Strong & Dead Wrong RepubliCAN'Ts. I think they are fighting a LOSING battle here and DADT should just go ahead and getrepealed!! This is a shame that something like this is even being ARGUED!!!! Jeez!

    T'sah – OUT of Campaign MODE – N2 MOVING AMERICA FORWARD with President Obama!

    November 8, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  2. MS

    Yes who cares what the American people want. As long as we appeal to our hardcore socially conservative base what can go wrong? Just ask the Democrats about that.

    November 8, 2010 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Nancy Pelosi, the wicked witch of the west, the DemocRAT gift that just keeps on giving

    GOOD! This is a military decision. Let them decide it. Politicians and judges shouldn't be getting involved with military issues like this. What next? Freedom of speech in the military? Will the privates be allowed to yell back at the offices? Meddling in how the military operates will damage our military, BUTT OUT!

    November 9, 2010 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  4. Sherri W.W.

    What is with all these folks who just cant" mind their own business"?~If its not the Republicans,its Tea party,and out~of~state groups targeting judges because they voted to allow same~sex marriage.I am certinly not gay by a long ways,but it is NOT my business,or right,to tell other folks who to marry!~and why would I care? I have known a woman,now in her 40s,since she was 4yrs old,and she has been married for years to another lovely woman~both of them are police officers,and have raised 3 great children,whom I love.Their lifestyle has never concerned me for one moment,except when people who should know better,bothered their children.I am SURE we all have PLENTY to mind in our own lives these days! Lord~leave others alone as long as they are not living in YOUR home!

    November 9, 2010 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  5. Madison

    The don't ask don't tell policy should definently be repealed because if there is any American who wants to serve their country they should not be refused. It's their right as a citizen, and it should not matter if they are gay, not gay, in the closet, or out of the closet and the Dems should push this policy and many other policies through especially during this transitional period

    November 9, 2010 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  6. jules sand-perkins

    President Obama delayed his promises to this group–likening their sexuality to pederasty, beastiality, and incest–trying to remain "pretty good at politicking" when he had power to help them in Congress.
    The President is not required to do anything for this group of voters, and they are not required to support Obama or any other Democrat.
    Most gay men and lesbians that I know are successful and don't have time to watch things like Oprah. Many of them are Republicans.
    Obama can devote the rest of his days to spreading wealth around. That's not social "progress," and it certainly won't create jobs.

    November 9, 2010 04:26 am at 4:26 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    Many gay men served honorably in the military without anyone's ever knowing their sexuality.
    Repressed sexuality was not the reason for it, but that was when we used to WIN wars.
    Americans need to do much better thinking about both sexuality and wars.

    November 9, 2010 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  8. The reality is...

    the ban should stay in place. Check with the troops who are ACTUALLY SERVING and you will find that the majority, by far, want "don't ask, don't tell" to remain as is.

    November 9, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  9. Ben in Texas

    Don't you just love those "get the government off our backs" Repugnants who steadfastly try to control peoples' private lives? They want to prohibit gay people from serving in the military, adopting kids, getting married, and anything else. They want to get between a pregnant woman and her physician. They want to control what adults are allowed to see on the internet. (I'm sure they'd make exceptions for themselves and their friends, though.)

    This morning, there was news that in Texas, they want to make "sexting" a felony. Can you imagine a teenage girl who sends her boyfriend a grainy picture of her torso going to jail for that? And being required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life?

    That's what Repugnants mean when they talk about smaller government. They mean they want the government to worm its way into the smallest, most private areas of individual lives, and destroy them.

    November 9, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Ok, just curious. If we can discriminate against the LGBT community. If we can discriminate against minorities. If we can assume because someone is Latino they may be illegal. If we can do all this, which group(s) will be the target of discrimination in the future. We leave ourselves open if our laws don't apply equally to all of us, so we're either all equal or we're not. What's so hard to understand about this? And which group want's to risk being the next target of our ridiculous need to hate?

    November 9, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. db

    Time for politicians on both sides of the aisle to "man up" on this issue. It's not only ethically wrong, it's strategically idiotic to discriminate against Americans who wish to serve their country in an all-volunteer military. Effective politicians lead by taking a stand and making the case to their constituents. Let's replace Don't Ask, Don't Tell with Lead, Don't Follow.

    November 9, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |