BREAKING: DADT vote fails in Senate
December 9th, 2010
04:12 PM ET
11 years ago

BREAKING: DADT vote fails in Senate

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Senate on Thursday rejected a Democratic bid to open debate on repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, possibly killing any chance for it to get passed in the current congressional session.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, called the vote without an agreement from any Republican senators to support the motion, ensuring it would fail.

The vote was 57-40 in favor of the cloture motion that required 60 votes to pass.

Filed under: Don't Ask Don't Tell • Senate
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Maura Baccei

    Only Susan Collins (R, Maine) had the wit and grit to cross party lines for debating a bill that included other key changes as well as overturning "DADT." When we start walking our talk of "one nation under God," we might stop falling behind our international peers.

    December 9, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. one voice

    Republicans HATE gays,latinos,asians,blacks,forieners,people with disabilities,the poor,the middle class,women and TRAMPLE ON THE CONSTITUTION. WHY? Because They can. THE AMERICAN TALIBAN AGAINST THE AVERAGE AMERICAN IS WHAT THEY ARE. Satisfied VOTERS?

    December 9, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    The religious bigots won this round, but their times are ending. Sad that they don't see it coming, accept social evolution and move on. But they are still lamenting the day when theywill take the country "back"ward. GOP sucks.

    December 9, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  4. paul

    It is pretty simple, the Republicans believe in their own minds that they received a "mandate" from the voting public and they will force there ultra right wing beliefs unto this country whether you like it or not. Get ready, because it will get worse after the first of the year. Because of economic frustration the country has elected a bunch of wing nuts. Talk about taking this country back, they are headed waaaaayyy back to the years of yesteryear. And you voted Republican because why????????

    December 9, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  5. rob, austin tx

    Actually thank you republicans for voting this way. You've opened the door for courts to now over turn this and it can happen sooner than letting law makers do it.

    December 9, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "the people who should decide this issue is the military"

    They have...the Joint Chiefs said to do it...which is why McPampers moved the goal post after saying what you said and started changing it to "oh, but I need to hear from the people who are directly commanding the troops." Well, they expressed concerns but said to go ahead and do it because they will follow their orders no matter what they are.

    December 9, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    Come on wimpy "victim" (always the GOP stra-teeg-ery) – if these type of decsisions were left to the military we would have the weakest, pale-ist, all male (as in GOP) military ever. And probably would have lost our country long ago.

    December 9, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  8. Kelly

    I served in the Army and a gay male. I had a loving partner and unfortunately, the military and the lie I lived with everyday tore us apart. He was the love of my life. I was in an infantry company and I lied daily in order to save my career. But, when the time came to re-up I chose to leave and have my freedom back. I feel for all LGBT soldiers. Hopefully one day we can serve without the humiliation, frustration, and heart break. Its not about waving a flag to all those who are against it. Its about dignity and the right to have a loved one have the same as any "spouse" or "girlfriend." Land of the Free...Home of the Brave. Its funny how "old world" Europe is so far ahead on this issue. Ridiculous and heart breaking.

    December 9, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    BTW, let's get this straight:

    Survey said it's ok.
    POTUS said he woudl support it based on all advice and data.
    Secretary of Defense said to do it beacuse it would be way more damaging for the courts to hit them with it, and they will.
    Joint Chiefs said to do it.

    What does the GOP do?

    Blocks it.


    Political leverage and gain. THOSE ARE THE ONLY REASONS LEFT.

    December 9, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. American

    It is beyond comprehension how anyone can support Republican Bigotry.

    December 9, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  11. DemoPundit

    How do elected officials with good educations and millions of gays in their districts fail to understand the place in history they have carved out for themselves by filibustering this popular issue? They may as well have worn buttons to the Senate that said "segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever."

    December 9, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  12. crywaterbaby

    Let the court rule now and enforce it now. No more waiting. No more delays. No more studies.

    December 9, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    As much as everyone loves to blame the republicans for everything this law was put into place under a Democrat (Clinton). Also top military advisers at this time have advised against repealing DADT. The military have more important things going on like war than whether their service members are attracted to men or women, who cares.
    What top military advisers have advised against repealing DADT? There was a Congressional meeting this past week, and they ALL agreed that DADT should be repealed. Save John McCain, that is. He's confusion is such that I doubt much penetrates his brain waves anymore.

    December 9, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. Don

    Hey lightbulbs – Obama can stop DADT at any time – he wants Congress to do it so Republicans don't hang it around his neck in 2012 – you sound absolutely ridiculous.

    December 9, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. gt

    i wish the government would call it what it is " homosextual can reveal there sex preference law" gay is so creepy ....

    December 9, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. AllenPT

    once again the homophobes in this country get their way, even though the majority of people in this country support allowing gays to serve ......

    December 9, 2010 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
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