Pelosi leads celebration of 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
December 21st, 2010
04:10 PM ET
4 years ago

Pelosi leads celebration of 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday led jubilant legislators and soldiers discharged under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in singing "God Bless America" to celebrate the upcoming repeal of the controversial law.

President Barack Obama will sign the repeal bill on Wednesday, and Pelosi did her part at the ceremony attended by hundreds of supporters of the repeal by signing the measure passed by Congress to send it to the White House.

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  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Nancy is the type if leader that scares the crap out of Fox and the GOP: she is an intelligent woman, informed, truthful, cares about the American people, and is a true leader.

    December 21, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  2. Gale

    What a bunch of silly fools!!

    December 21, 2010 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Indie Woman in Denver

    Congrats to everyone who contributed to the historic actions in the US Congress to FINALLY repeal DADT. It's been a long, hard fight. Bigotry still exists in America, and there are still a lot of battles to fight before civil rights are settled for the LGBTs, but this was a huge win.

    December 21, 2010 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  4. GuyinVA

    A recent AP story stated that the ban won't be lifted immediately after the bill is signed into law by President Obama. Apparently, the Department of Defense has to rewrite policy to come in line with the law. What? How about a policy that says "Obey the law". Also, there now must be a study (one can never have enough studies) to see if lifting the ban is going to negatively affect the military's ability to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as possibly disrupt normal military operations. Maybe it would have been a good idea to ask those questions prior to passing the repeal of DADT. Maybe. Anyone remember Nancy Pelosi's "We have to pass it to see what's in it" statement? It will be interesting when the first service member applies for military housing after marrying their partner in one of the states that allow same sex marriage. I applaud anyone wishing to serve, and I don't believe for one second that any sane person (gay or straight) considers 18 months in Iraq or Afghanistan as a fair trade for the opportunity to see a guy's naked rear end in the shower.

    December 21, 2010 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. John

    "Wait until the bill is passed and then you'll find out what's in it." - N.Pelosi

    What amazes me is when you consider what the democrats have done to California, how could they vote Pelosi, Waters, Boxer, and the rest of the socialistic gang back in? Amazing.....or just stupidity. Does any cogent thinking person think she has no contempt for Americans? This woman is a pathological liar and a danger to our country.

    December 21, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. John

    I've been a long time supporter of the premise gays are born with a genetic reason they are gay. I fully support that with the clear understanding other factors such as environment and an amount of choice also play roles. We have now been blessed with the scientific determination there is a genetic motivator for a person to be a liberal. One can only hope they can find suitable treatments for both of these genetic defects and rid the world of both scourges.

    December 21, 2010 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Democrats Class Warfare - Destroying the economy and country

    Yes, thank God we have forced those wonderful San Francisco gay family values on our military with complete disregard for the damage it will do. I can hardly wait until the rest of these leftists gets thrown out in 2012.

    December 21, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    Don't celebrate too hard yet. VA's religio-fascist umbnuts are fixing to try to ban gays from their national guard force. The bigots don't want to go down without taking a few more innocents' civil rights with them.

    December 21, 2010 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA/John Boehner The Crybaby

    How patriotic Madam Speaker. You're the best that has done it! John Boehner will be an disgraceful failure in comparison to you Speaker Pelosi.

    December 21, 2010 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    " with complete disregard for the damage it will do."

    Thank you for exemplifying the conservative mind's superhuman ability to resiliantly ignore virtually all facts and evidence concerning an issue in order to continually arrive at a predetermined conclusion. I bet when I mention the survey, the testimony of Mullen and Gates, etc., all you see is "I bet when I mention the _______, the ___________of _________ and ________."

    December 21, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    " i sure we will see a big surge of homosextual recruits...not !"

    Newsflash for morons: the gay people who wanted to serve are already serving (for the most part)...THEY WERE ALREADY THERE....they just no longer have to worry about being given the boot if they choose to open about being gay.

    December 21, 2010 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. Four and More

    Great job to all representatives who supported this historical civil rights for the American people.

    Now, pass START and the 9-11 Responders Bill to keep up the great work. God bless the USA!

    December 21, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Nancy Pelosi is OUTSTANDING!! Intelligent, savvy, classy and brassy. The Half-Wit half termer would be left blubbering in the sidelines in a showdown with a TRUE woman in politics like Pelosi.
    The repeal, at long last, of this shameful policy is another triumph for our President and Commander-in-Chief, Barack Obama, as well as ANOTHER campaign promise fulfilled. DREAM Act has been temporarily sidelined, and Guantanamo has not come into fruition, but he's batting average is quite impressive.

    When was the last time that the White Citizens' Council, err, GOP, did anything for anybody other than themselves, especially if it put their so-called 'political career' (more like Corporate Welfare) in jeopardy? NEVER.

    Thank you Mr. President and supporters of this repeal for ending an embarrassingly shameful practice in our 21st century military. And to my Gay brothers and sisters serving our country: Live and serve freely, and thank you.

    December 21, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Correction: My NEVER statement was hasty. There was of course Abraham Lincoln, bless his heart.

    December 21, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Albo58

    Which branch of service did Queen Nan serve? How about Barney Frank? The President? Of course they never served so who better to make this decision? Sadly, in the end (no pun intended), these grandstanding politicians and "activists" groups do NOT want equal treatment...they want special treatment, rights, and recognition!

    December 21, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Bill

    This is certainly far more improtant than Jobs, the Economy, and the National Debt. Of course we should sing! This is the single most important thing our government could do at this time....... LOL

    December 21, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    I'm glad we found what she gets inspired by. It's much more fun telling the Army what to do than working on that boring old economy. At least the Army has to obey. The economy...it never does what you want it to, does it Nancy?!?!?

    December 21, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |