Senate repeals ban on gays openly serving in military
December 18th, 2010
03:50 PM ET
7 years ago

Senate repeals ban on gays openly serving in military

Washington (CNN) - The military's prohibition of openly gay people serving within its ranks is one step closer to ending, after the Senate voted Saturday to repeal the armed forces' "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Eight Republicans and independent Joe Lieberman of Connecticut joined the chamber's Democrats to back the legislation, which passed by a 65-31 margin. The bill needed a simple majority - meaning support from 51 of the Senate's 100 members - to pass.


Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Senate
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. gmh

    Finally, let's hope this is the end of DADT. Let's make this law history...........

    December 18, 2010 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  2. American

    Great News! Repealing DADT will be another historical step for civil rights in our country to get beyond discrimination once and for all, allowing fellow Americans to serve with honor.

    God Bless The USA

    December 18, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    What I find so funny is, we are spending all this time trying to repeal a law that was enacted by the last Democratic president. Thank everyone that worked so hard to over turn this discriminatory law. Lets get to work on Start, the food bill and get Senator Grassly's Dream Act passed. Yes, it is Senator Grassly who wrote this.

    December 18, 2010 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  4. Please go away

    Thanks to Senators Lieberman and Collins. I'm so glad that President Obama didn't handle Joe Lieberman the way that some on the left wanted him to.

    December 18, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  5. GonzoinHouston

    Sonofagun! Despite intensive republican opposition it looks like America is about to enter the 21st century, at least on this one point.

    What this shows, more than anything else, is the decline of the influence of the Christian Taliban. You didn't hear the phrase "family values" during the last election, and abortion has fallen off the political radar. It used to be mega-preachers making political points and giving direction for the GOP. Now it's Sarah Palin. Go figure.

    December 18, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  6. clm

    after having left the military because i am gay to day I have great pride in the US Congress, They have finally done the right thing.

    December 18, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  7. Proud member of "Global Zero"

    I am proud to be an American

    December 18, 2010 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  8. Alistair

    It's about time.

    December 18, 2010 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  9. vic nashville tn

    Thanks its over

    December 18, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. Paul Thomas

    Ask? Tell! Just when my faith in the ultimate fairness of our people is most challanged, and indeed, my trust in the competence of our governing body is most fragile... an Obama is elected President, or as celebrated on this historic day, a human wrong is righted!

    December 18, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. America the beautiful.

    President Obama will go down as one the greatest leader of our country. The 111st congress will be the most successful. We are not there yet, but we are getting closer. Thank you President Obama, the Senate and Congress. Merry Xmas!!!!!

    December 18, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  12. Malik Skyy

    Seems like just yesterday that there was not only Democratic chaos in the capital, but there was a degree of chaos among many Democratic circles outside of the beltway as well. The volume and volley of vitriol vexed by many Democratic voters has been reduced to a faint echo—Obama caved, Obama is weak, Democrats in general, Obama in particular, have no spine—and will, one day, dissipate completely. The rhetoric is a reminder: reasonable dialogue is almost impossible even among like-minded people, and, when there is no dialogue among like-minded people, they fight each other instead of fighting those who are hell-bent on destroying every element of the Democratic causes that are dear to us. The most recent victory, DADT, is not only a Democratic victory. It is an American victory. Unlike a Republican victory that would mostly be victory for Wealthy America. I am a believer: those residing eternally in Heavenly Arlington Cemetery of each soldier’s faith are saluting each in-coming soldier, REGARDLESS of previous zip code, skin color, or sexual preference.

    December 18, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. Albo58

    With double digit unemployment nation-wide, the repeal of the DADT law certainly should have been a priority...puh-leez!

    December 18, 2010 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  14. Ted

    President Sarah Palin and a very conservative and Decent congress will Repeal this law and all the other immoral Obama/congress 2012....See Sarah Drop that Elk...Not a woman to toy with....

    December 18, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  15. jillib


    Although, I think with that with one more day of debate we could have witnessed John McCain totally implode.

    December 18, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  16. todd

    Enjoy it for now because the new kids are comming to town, you liberal commies will be at the back of the bus. Oh and by the way in 2012, when a REAL president takes office, DADT will be back into effect!!

    December 19, 2010 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  17. Peter E

    Gays have been openly serving in the Israeli armed forces for years. Mind you, Israel's armed forces are the ones who constantly have to be on their toes, have to adapt, and have to have percfect unit cohesion to carry out their very targeted missions all the time.
    It didn't destroy Israel's military capabilities. And America's military is the number one in the world. Do you think if a tiny country like Israel can implement tolerance of gays in its military then maybe, just maybe the number one military in the world can do so as well?

    December 19, 2010 04:05 am at 4:05 am |
  18. Marry

    It is a shame that in the land of the “free” this was even a topic! When a person is ask to give his/her live for the country – the least this country can do is to respect the live of that person! Not much different than it was in the past with black Americans – give your live for us – but don’t ask for a live at home without discrimination! America tries to sell to the world that it does not practice at home: Freedom, justice, democracy......

    December 19, 2010 05:45 am at 5:45 am |