BREAKING: Senate votes to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'
December 18th, 2010
03:34 PM ET
4 years ago

BREAKING: Senate votes to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'

(CNN) - Members of the U.S. Senate voted 65-31 on Saturday to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces. With House of Representatives legislators having voted similarly Wednesday, the bill now goes to the desk of President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.


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  1. 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 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  2. Alistair

    It's about time.

    December 18, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  3. Peter E

    Gays have been serving openly 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 cope as well?

    December 19, 2010 04:08 am at 4:08 am |