May 27th, 2010
05:33 PM ET
13 years ago

Pelosi believes she has votes to repeal 'don't ask don't tell'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she has the votes to repeal DADT."]Washington (CNN) - Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicts she has the votes in the House for repeal of the current "don't ask, don't tell" law barring gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

"I think the votes are there for that," Pelosi told reporters Thursday at her weekly press conference.

The Speaker pointed out that the compromise worked out with the White House makes the repeal contingent upon the completion of a Pentagon review that is scheduled to be finished by December.

"This amendment today is respectful of that. It doesn't repeal 'don't ask, don't tell', it defers to when that report comes forth."

Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, an Iraq war veteran, has proposed an amendment to the defense policy bill that includes the compromise language negotiated with the Senate, the White House, and the Pentagon. The House is expected to vote on it, and the larger defense bill, late Thursday or Friday.

Most Republicans are opposed to the amendment.

"The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy is not about equal rights; it's about the impact on the readiness, cohesiveness and effectiveness of the U.S. military," said Rep. Trent Franks (R-Arizona). "If the Murphy amendment passes, it could have a profoundly negative effect on all of those things. I believe it could translate to life and death implication on the battlefield."

The Senate Armed Services is expected to pass the repeal Thursday, based on a CNN review of where the votes are in committee.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that 78 percent of the public supports allowing openly gay people to serve in the military, with one in five opposed.

Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Nancy Pelosi
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Men Only

    The United States Armed forces of men should train and fight with men only. Women have their place in the service, but not side by side in war or in the showers. Gays should never be put in the showers with Men or on the battlefield with Men. Gays are not real men. It would be uncomfortable to be in the shower room with women or with Gays. Let them join the peace corps or salvation army.

    May 27, 2010 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  2. Chipster

    If this discrimination is about morals, then shouldn't monogamous gays be allowed to serve their country while adulterous gays and straights are dismissed? How about the morals of those men who leave illegitimate children in every station? Alcoholics? Gamblers? (Trouble right here in River City!) I don't recall anyone suggesting dismal on moral grounds for those actions. I'm suspicious that this is about discrimination and a pathetic need to feel superior rather than morals.

    May 27, 2010 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Mike from DC

    What people don't understand about this policy change is that the military is not the place for "social experimentation". If it's repealed, what are some of the ramifications? Do we construct seperate bathrooms and showers? Do we now allow gay men to shower with lesbians and lesbians to shower with men? What about open quarters? Is there going to be a "gay bay" for them to accommodate "their condition"? Some of these folks have serious mental issues and will use this opportunity to make a laughing stock out of the greatest military in the world...but then again, it's all part of the liberal agenda.

    May 27, 2010 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. Oregon Calling

    The time is now. Let's let those who wish to protect our great country do so honestly.

    Peace 🙂

    May 27, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  5. Bob Of Lompoc

    She's been right every time when it comes to counting votes. I would say she has it right.

    Question: If you were in a ditch in the Iraq Desert, receiving incoming small arms fire, who woud you rather have covering your back, a self confessed Gay or Lesbian, who by the fact that they were in the ditch with you means they ENLISTED, or Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, Mark Levine, Michael Savage, Sen. Mitch McConnell, Rep. John Boehner, Sen. Jeffery Sessons, Governor Brewer of AZ, Glenn Beck, Newt Gingrinch, George W. Bush The Son, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Cheney, and the beat goes on. Come on now Republicans, be honest, if your butt was on the line, and you stood a good chance of meeting your Maker in a few minutes, whom do you want at your backside?

    May 27, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  6. Dan, TX

    Dick Cheney supports gay rights. Newt Gingrich supports gay rights. If they are the leaders of the republicans, the republicans should with back this bill or denounce Cheney and Gingrich.

    May 27, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  7. uhhuh

    Mrs. Moral Decay? Is she a distant relative of Dick Cheney? Couldn't be too close if she still has at least some descent morals. The only thing that would bring the majority to vote for the GOP again would be if you start spreading around the koolaid you;ve been drinking to all the critical thinking people in America. I don't see that happening though, thankfully. Just glad enough kool aid drinkers quit before the last election and came to their senses long enough to not vote in another bunch of money-grubbing lunatics. Only two kinds of conservatives: multi-millionaires and fools. Which are you?

    May 27, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  8. ingrid

    Good work Pelosi. This would be a good democratic victory that would play well come voting time.

    May 27, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  9. Eric

    What is Rep. Trent Franks thinking (or is he thinking?) Most civilized countries allow gay men and women to serve openly in their The same old tired arguments were used to bar women and bkac military forces, with no disruption in "cohesiveness".

    May 27, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  10. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    "Most Republicans are opposed to the amendment."

    Most Republican Congresscritters need to leave their bibles–along with their bigotry, intolerance, and self-righteousness–at home when the go to the office.

    May 27, 2010 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  11. GJ

    Congress is so lazy. Especially the half on the right. 80% approval, good for national security, and good for equal rights. Is that not enough to get them to act? We should be arguing about DOMA. DADT is so basic and obviously flawed. Good luck with riling up that 20%, Republicans.

    May 27, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  12. Willy Brown

    They been serving all along. This is just a mad dash for votes.

    May 27, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  13. Robert

    The ban must be repealed. It is the only moral thing to do in a nation that has a constitution that guarantees equal treatment and opportunity for all...

    78% of the public support repeal of the ban, so dire predicitons like the one given by gt below are baseless. It is not the middle spectrum of voters that supported this ban to begin with gt. It was the far right looloos who voted for Bush twice.

    The middle will support repeal. And along with healthcare, financial reform, a magnificent supreme court pick and repeal of the ban, I believe the moderates and independents will realize Obama and his crew are better than the ones in power before.

    Not to mention that the economy is growing again....

    May 27, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  14. mj

    Such a dilemma for those of us sending packages to our Troops. Do we now specify "other"? This is a time of War – not Petticoat Junction.

    May 27, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If the person can do the job in the military (an all volunteer organization), then why not keep them. If we aren't going to allow them to serve, then we should ask the question at the get go so that we don't waste their time and taxpayer money and resources of the military. Doesn't that make some level of sense to people out there?

    May 27, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  16. JES

    OAs always just change what you want for the few just like the Dem's to change for votes in a tough election year.

    May 27, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
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