‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Wins Repeal
Matt | On 18, Dec 2010
Here’s an update on this morning’s story.
The U.S. Senate has taken historic action to repeal the 17-year military policy called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The rule stated that servicemen and women could not be openly gay in the military otherwise they faced discharge
Well, the policy is history now that the Senate has repealed the policy with two key votes today. The first one, a cloture vote to start final debate and vote, passed 63-33. From there, they had 30 hours to debate the bill, but chose a shorter route. By this afternoon, the Senate voted 65-31 to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban.
One of the most important items for passage was the support of Republicans voting for passage. In the final vote total, six members of the GOP and the Senate’s lone Independent joined the Democrats is voting to end the ban. All 31 ‘nay’ votes were Republicans.
It’s about damn time they ended this arcane policy. I never saw how it helped the troops, especially considering we are involved in some major global battles right now. For instance, there were gay Arabic translators who were discharged because of their sexual orientation …. during two wars with an ARABIC-SPEAKING countries!! It’s that kind of ass-backward mentality that needs to go right out the window with DADT.