Saturday, December 18, 2010

Repeal of Military Gay Ban Clears Final Senate Hurdle Before Passage

WASHINGTON -- After two failed attempts, Senate Democrats cleared the way Saturday for passage of a landmark bill that would end the Clinton-era ban on gays serving openly in the military and mark a major triumph for President Obama, liberals and the gay community.

In an unusual weekend session, senators voted 63-33 to advance a bill ending the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

The repeal, which passed the House this week, could win final passage by Saturday afternoon. The Senate plans to vote at 3 p.m.

Obama praised the Senate, saying the policy undermines U.S. national security and violates "the very ideals" that members of the armed services risk their lives to defend.

Ending the ban will mean that "thousands of patriotic Americans" won't be forced to leave the military "despite years of exemplary performance, because they happen to be gay," Obama said.

Democrats won support from six Republicans to advance the bill: Sens. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Mark Kirk of Illinois, George Voinovich of Ohio and Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine.

This is very, very disappointing, especially of the Republican betrayals.  Sen. Scott Brown was was very clear about DADT when he was running for senator that he would not vote for the repeal, and low and behold, he did a flip-flop on us all.

Things will continue to spiral down from bad to worse as long as that vile and deviant man continues to sit in the White House.  He has systematically tearing down our great, and once, Christian nation.  

This blogger is truly in a saddened state.


William Stout said...

This is the kind of thing that leads me to believe that we have still not gotten control over our government and also tells me that the Republican Party is still not listening to us. It may be time to advance a third party to replace the Republicans.

Patrick Carroll said...

William is right, The Republicans have become a watered down version of their former selves. I don't blame you for being saddened by all of this Leticia.

Leticia said...

William, I believe you are right, we need a party that will represent us and not back down to popular demand. I am disgusted with the Republicans that sided with the liberal Dems.

Patrick, it is a sad day in America, where a person's sexual preference is more important than keeping our military strong and unified.

Liz said...

It is absolutely sick how the Republicans are "brown nosing" it!

I am sickened!

Trestin said...

This going to cost us a ton of money

Always On Watch said...


I know very few military people, retired and otherwise, who support the repeal of DADT.

Scott Brown's flipping is a disappointment, but not a surprise. After all, he represents Massachusetts.

Silverfiddle said...

I pray this will not be the disaster everyone thinks it will be.

The combat arms units are where the trouble will be, if there is any.

On the bright side, that pentagon survey and anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that gays currently serving are of the conservative type, having no interest in acting out.

I think some activist types will try to get in and make trouble, but they will get bounced. Not for being gay, but for neglecting their training and duties.

The military is a hard life, especially the first few years. Someone there for the wrong reasons won't stay long.

Karen Howes said...

Ugh, Leticia. Of course this will damage our military (at least the small part of the military that are engaged in active combat). That's the idea, I think.

It's crucial for soldiers to be able to know that the guy is going to cover your butt, not grab it.

WomanHonorThyself said...

This is very, very disappointing, especially of the Republican true girl but hang in there~!

Leticia said...

I guess now all we can do is sit and watch let the dice roll as they may.

I am still pretty mad over this.

MK said...

"Obama praised the Senate, saying the policy undermines U.S. national security..."

I don't have a very flattering opinion of obongo, and now this bird brain says that homos keeping quiet about their preference undermines national security.

What a waste of space and a pathetic joke.

Leticia said...

MK, the whole thing smells like yesterdays diapers!

I stole that line from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Patrick Carroll said...

LOL...Roger Rabbit, an oldie but a goodie!

Leticia said...

Patrick it really was a great movie.