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Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Officially Blocked!

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This sucks. This just undeniably sucks.

This afternoon, our government failed us.

The motion to reconsider the crucial National Defense Authorization Act, which included the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and get it back up for debate was shot down. The defeat was even more frustrating as the bill only needed 60 votes to pass and the final tally stood at 57-40.

As we understand it, two of the three Republicans who were on the "yay" side of the appeal ultimately voted no because of concerns of procedure and one Democratic Senator, newly-elected Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, broke from his party to vote no

We can't really put into words what kind of a hefty setback this is for those who put their all into getting DADT repealed before the new year. We're very saddened by the fact that equality for our nation's bravest fighters is still being withheld by this ludicrous bill.

We're sorely disappointed in our nation's leaders, but send our thanks and gratitude to the 57 members who did take a rightful stand for equality. Thank you for your support! Please keep it up!

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67 comments to “Don't Ask Don't Tell Repeal Officially Blocked!”



  1. 1

    Other countries have gay troops serving openly. America is ass-backwards and I'm not surprised this was shot down. If I was gay, I would never consider joining the military.

  2. slite says – reply to this


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    Your ignorance is equal to your stupidity. Do you want someone to blame? Blame the President. The courts decalred DADT unconsitutional, but the executive branch under the advice of the President, instructed the Attorney General to appeal it. Is there precedent to appeal every single ruling by a lower court when it comes to federal law. NO. Your liberal master wanted to play politics with this issue and it bit him and you in your ass. I wish more morons like you would put the blame where it lays. Do some research or stay out of political discourse.

  3. jay26 says – reply to this


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    As a former member of the military I am all for repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. The only thing is I don't think that this is the proper time to do it. I don't think its as easy as just repealing it, and that's that. There would be a lot of changes that would have to be made. For one separate showers would need to be made. I dont think many heterosexual service members would like shower with gay service members. And as bad as it is there are always going to be some that wont want to share barracks, With all that's going on with the war I think this issue needs to wait until it can fully be addressed and proper solutions be figured out.



  4. 4

    Those hillbillies !



  5. 5

    Asshole Republicans!
    Two thirds of the public want the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell - yet the Republicans do what they want.
    When will the American public get it????
    The Republican does NOT represent you!



  6. 6

    Sorry to say I told you so.



  7. 7

    i dont think it has disappointed us all. some people didnt want it passed. its called a democracy and its the country we live in



  8. 8

    While here in Canada, we just recognize transexuals in our army…Canada rocks!!!



  9. 9

    Re: slite – EXACTLY!!! Thank you for writing this!

  10. slite says – reply to this


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    Re: Kodes100 – Hey dummy…Democrats were in a supermajority until 30 days ago. They could have passed this any time they wanted. Even when the law was declared unconsitutional by a circit court, your liberal democrat President instructed his liberal democrat Attorney General to have the decision contested.

    Democrats killed this way before a republican ever even had the opportunity to.

    Do ANY research. Google can be your friend.



  11. 11

    Let's get a fact straight. This was not a vote to pass the bill. This was a vote to simply debate the bill. Yeah, if it had passed, it might have gotten one step closer, but a passed vote today would not have guaranteed a passed DADT bill later.

    The three no votes that are so "controversial" are because they were concerned about the lack of debate on the subject that there would have been with the deal Collins and Reid were working out.



  12. 12

    They are going to repeal through the congress. The Military leaders have pointed out its better to repreal it through vote than forced to by the courts



  13. 13

    This would require separate quarters & facilities for Men, Woman, Gays & Lesbians. How will the military handle this? Where does it end? Gay parades on Air Craft Carriers? This is nuts.



  14. 14

    Oh boo-fucking-hoo. They'll just have to keep their butt pirating ways in the closet for a while longer.



  15. 15

    Re: slite – Well said!!!



  16. 16

    I think now the fight can continue in court. I think it will be faster in the long run if it's the courts who tell the military they can't have DADT anymore. If they had a vote, they'd come up with a bunch of provisions to stall any real action and it might have taken even longer to end in the real world. I predict it will end soon now.



  17. 17

    Seriously Perez you need to stop lobbying for shit you have no clue about!! You spout your ridiculous and unfounded rhetoric with very little knowledge of how government works Stick to what you know best drawing cum from people's mouth and posting inappropiate pics of children you piece of shit! You use your site to promote your personal agenda and your opinions, stick to your Hollywood gossip and leave the politics to people with intelligence, not a gossip blogger!



  18. 18

    Thank goodness it didnt pass. Your orientation is your business, not everyone elses. Keep it that way



  19. 19

    Re: Kodes100 – It wasn't the Republicans' fault, dumbass.



  20. 20

    Re: slite – Thank you for filling this post with factual information. I'm sick of the Republicans getting blamed for everything.

  21. jay26 says – reply to this


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    Heres the thing. If you want to be in the military and your gay, then be in the military. Why do homosexuals want to scream their orientation to everyone. Its DONT ASK DONT TELL, in other words they dont care if as long as you dont make a big deal out of it. Heterosexual service members dont run around telling everyone they are straight. Its your business and your business alone, keep it that way.



  22. 22

    Re: quorum – preach on!! You see what happens to gay kids in highscool after all the taunting and bullying, alot kill themselves. What would you expect someone with a gun to do after being ridiculed by gi joe? remeber that scene in full metal jacket? (spoiler: guy is taunted so bad he blows his brains out)



  23. 23

    Why is being gay so damn special? There should be no special treatment just because you are gay!



  24. 24

    DADT in my opinion was a big mistake in the first place. When people apply for jobs, they don't ask you if you're gay or straght so why is that even an issue in the military? When you play sports team and you have to be naked and shower together they don't ask if you're gay or straight. Instead of DADT, Bill Clinton should have asked the military straight out to stop discharging men and women dishonorably simply b/c of ther sexual orientation., period.



  25. 25

    I have lost all faith in both sides of our government. As a liberal it is hard to admit but wow obama is really letting us down. But no one for one second should believe that the republicans are the ones with our best intentions in mind. iugh this suuuucks.



  26. 26

    Re: Kodes100 – Umm democrats aren't for the people either…duh…both parties are corrupt and only care about themselves. Even our democratic president doesn't really support repealing it.

    I also don't understand why this is on this blog….it's a celebrity gossip site but when something to do with "gay" comes along, along of a sudden Perez is some sort of political commentator.



  27. 27

    Re: sliteRe: HorndogRe: jerseygirl415 – The repeal of DADT passed the house last September with the "super majority". It is in the Senate where John McCain started a filibuster to block the repeal. This is all over the news so…
    In order to have a FILIBUSTER PROOF majority the Senate needs 60 votes yea. They got 57 votes yea and 40 nay. Therefore the GOP filibustered the repeal yet again.
    So you see, the Republicans aka party of NO are to blame.



  28. 28

    Thank God! Keep your sexual orientation private as IT SHOULD BE. Being "brave" by "coming out" only works in Hollywood and usually is done when attention is needed to boost a waning career or when a ghey blogger needs more hits on his site. If ANYONE wants to serve in the Military then do it for the RIGHT TO DEFEND YOUR COUNTRY and NOT to promote ANY agenda.



  29. 29

    THE FACT IS THAT GAYS ARE A THREAT TO SECURITY. LOOK AT WHAT BRADLEY MANNING DID TO THIS COUNTRY. IT IS A MATTER OF CHARACTER!!



  30. 30

    Re: slite – Before entering politics, Obama was a constitutional law professor. He got the DOJ involved because the air-tight way to repeal DADT is through congress-where it passed with flying colors, then through the Senate where it was filibustered by the Republican side. So now we will see if the President will be forced to end the repeal by executive order, which if all else fails I hope he will!



  31. 31

    Re: jay26 – Your reasoning doesn't make any sense. Straight service members may not make a big deal out of it, but they are allowed to talk about it if it comes up and they won't get in trouble. If gay people are not allowed to even reveal that they are gay, how is that equal?

  32. slite says – reply to this


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    Re: supersongbird – The house and the senate had SUPERMAJORITIES until Scott Brown was elected. Even then, they couldnt get their shit together. Fucking read a paper moron.

    This was already overturned by the circuit court and OBAMA told his Department of Justice to appea the overturn. Without that, this wouldnt even be an issue. Obama wanted to make this into a political statement so that he could get one thing…MORE VOTES. That is it. That is the only thing these people care about. Guess what…Department of Justice won, and now you fucking lose. Do some research before you sound like a complete asshole.

  33. mse says – reply to this


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    who gives a shit!!! really, you gay people think the world owes you everything….you are no better or more important then anyone else!!! get over it and over yourselfs!!!! so you are GAY, ohhh, does that make you better then everyone else??? it was so much better when you people were all in the closet. yea i said it, now have a nice day:) p.s. the fact that this was blocked and gay marrige was stoped is because most of the people in this country don't give a shit, the only ones that do are you.:)



  34. 34

    The majority of people don't like gays. Deal with it.



  35. 35

    Re: Kodes100 – The Democrates control the Senate.



  36. 36

    Re: slite – Why do you have to be so harsh? lol. If Perez is such an idiot, why do you give him more traffic on his website? Chill.



  37. 37

    Obama didn't exactly use his position to lobby for votes. Interesting.



  38. 38

    Why should a man be given a medal for killing men, but a discharge for loving one? OMG. This country is CRAZY



  39. 39

    The thing that bothers me about this is the fact that most of these people protesting DADT don't have the balls to serve in our military. My husband is active duty, and he's completely, 100% fine with the fact that gays serve. He's not stupid. We've known NUMEROUS gay men and women in the military since he's been enlisted. They just can't flaunt it. And obviously they're ok with that if they made the decision to join in the first place. Like I said previously, it's the people who refuse to serve our country for one reason or another that will protest this until to the ends of the earth.



  40. 40

    Re: slite – The repeal has to pass through the Senate. It is not legally binding through the courts. When was this up for a vote before Brown was elected?
    (He's going down BTW, Mass. has had enough of his NO votes)
    How could you defend the fact McCain has been filibustering the repeal since September? Why is he blocking it and defying the military brass's pleads for repeal?
    Admit first that had Republicans not filibustered, the repeal would be a done deal last September if not now. Then maybe you will make some sense!
    McCain's own wife and daughter came out against him!
    -
    If this repeal does not happen before January there will be not a snowball's chance in hell of repeal BECAUSE THE GOP CONGRESS WILL NEVER PASS IT!
    Explain why that is to all of us now, genius…



  41. 41

    Re: Mad Dog – OMG seriously??? Did you totally MISS the midterm elections?? I mean really…



  42. 42

    Re: madmaster – so who cares… canada sucks!



  43. 43

    Obama 'Disappointed' by Failed Senate Defense Bill, 'DADT' Repeal
    *
    "I am extremely disappointed that yet another filibuster has prevented the Senate from moving forward with the National Defense Authorization Act. Despite having the bipartisan support of a clear majority of Senators, a minority of Senators are standing in the way of the funding upon which our troops, veterans and military families depend. This annual bill has been enacted each of the past 48 years, and our armed forces deserve nothing less this year.



  44. 44

    A minority of Senators were willing to block this important legislation largely because they oppose the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ As Commander in Chief, I have pledged to repeal this discriminatory law, a step supported by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and informed by a comprehensive study that shows overwhelming majorities of our armed forces are prepared to serve with Americans who are openly gay or lesbian. A great majority of the American people agree. This law weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness, integrity and equality.

    I want to thank Majority Leader Reid, Armed Services Committee Chairman Levin, and Senators Lieberman and Collins for all the work they have done on this bill. While today’s vote was disappointing, it must not be the end of our efforts. I urge the Senate to revisit these important issues during the lame duck session." President Barack Obama



  45. 45

    Re: jeremyandkristy – The newly elected congress doesn't take office until January, 2011.



  46. 46

    Re: supersongbird – Considering Republicans aren't and haven't been the majority in the Senate, the Republicans aren't to blame. Democrats voted no as well, enough of the Democratic majority voted no. So, no, McCain and the GOP isn't to blame considering they're not even the majority yet. Not all Democrats are for gay rights, just like not every Republican is against gay rights. Fact is, right or wrong whether you agree or not, Americans aren't ready to accept gay people. And that's fine by me. To be honest, this whole 'gay' thing gets tiring. You're gay (not YOU personally, as far as I believe, I'm speaking in general). So what? No need to parade the fact around like it really matters. Do straight people have a straight parade in NYC? No. Do we announce our sexuality publicly? No. So why do they? There's no need to. Maybe if they stopped doing so, people wouldn't be so opposed to gay relationships (not me, personally I could care less if someone's gay or not. If you are, awesome, I'll still talk to you).
    Everyone should STFU and stop caring about sexuality so much.



  47. 47

    Re: jay26 – I totally agree. Don't Ask Don't Tell actually keeps their privacy and keeps them safe. It's the opposite of profiling, to be honest. It's saying that gays can be in the military and no one will ask about their sexual orientation and they shouldn't tell (because what's the point of telling anyway? Who really cares?). Whether you're gay or not has nothing to do with the military and fighting for out country. Sexuality is the last thing these men and women should be worrying about, and honestly, our government has better things to debate than DADT.



  48. 48

    Sad day!!



  49. 49

    Re: Kodes100 – The dems still have a majority. Maybe you should be pissed at them.

  50. jay26 says – reply to this


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    Re: critique_fame – Actually gays can talk about it, just not flaunt it. When I was in the military I knew some gay service members, and most knew they were gay. They just can't go to the CO and say "Excuse me sir, I'm a homosexual!" And if they did that, then they wanted out anyway. I actually knew of some straight guys that did that to get out. I didn't know of any straight service members that told their superiors that they were straight and proud of it. If gay people are ok with not making a big deal out of it, then the military is ok with them being there. This isn't a civil rights issue, its about serving in the military for a greater purpose than to simply promote an agenda.



  51. 51

    The right decision. It saves the tax payers money my not having to spend on condoms them gay soldiers need all the time.

  52. emii says – reply to this


    52

    oh get over it perez. gays should not get special treatment. please stick to what you're good at, gossip blogging, not the critiquing of politics.
    just leave it.



  53. 53

    Re: Ultraworld – such ignorant statements



  54. 54

    Re: secretfluff – They're not asking to be "special" just equal



  55. 55

    Re: supersongbird – Thank you for clarifying.



  56. 56

    Re: thompsongirl14 – Amen I was in the military as well and I had NO problem with our military men being gay or straight. Most of these close-minded people are not willing to answer the call but want to block others that do.. Ridiculous



  57. 57

    Re: jay26 – You just proved my point. A person could go up to the CO and say "Hey, I'm straight!" and nothing would happen.



  58. 58

    Re: jerseygirl415 – OMG you are dumb!
    ONE Democrat (Sen Jim Webb from Virginia) voted no. And ONE Republican (Sen Susan Collins from Maine) voted yes. This left the vote 57 Dems yes and 40 Rep. no.
    So, one more time really slowly now-if the majority vote in the Senate does not get 60 votes, which this did not, the minority- the GOP- can FILIBUSTER and block passing legislation, which they did. So yes it is the GOP fault!
    Get it now?
    DADT is a DISCRIMITORY policy and you sitting there on your fat ass oughta to be grateful to anyone, ANYONE who commits to serve and protect this country! So stop being an IDIOT!
    The rest of your post is ridiculous-pull your stupid into the 21st century!



  59. 59

    Re: GreatGooglyMoogly – And thank YOU for serving our country and letting these bigots know what the deal is!



  60. 60

    I know this sucks for everyone who is gay but, as a military member I think that it's very unappropriate to repeal DADT when we have much bigger issues. There are so many troops out there concerned just to stay alive and everyone is making a huge deal on repealing this. I also think that it does not affect your life and only honorably discharged Military members and troops should vote for this. I obviously like you Perez but honestly you have no clue what its like to be in the military and the seriousness of completely missions and training. I don't know how the other branches would react to an appeal but I am a Marine and let me tell you we would be very surprised if this would ever happen.



  61. 61

    Re: supersongbird – No need to be so attackative. People, you know, usually get attackative and offensive when they're wrong… just saying…



  62. 62

    Re: jerseygirl415 – Hahaha I'm not wrong-and you know it.
    I don't consider pointing out the truth an attack. Just highlighting the obvious.
    And in the case of you the truth is you are an IDIOT an a BIGOT. So if you feel attacked by the truth, maybe you should do something to improve yourself.
    Just saying…



  63. 63

    Re: supersongbird – I'm not going down this road again with you and your childish name calling when you know nothing about me, so I'm quitting while I'm ahead. And trust me, sweetheart, I'm ahead. Have a nice life and find a hobby. I'm out.



  64. 64

    Re: jerseygirl415 – Lol based on your posts I know enough. Go get an education then you can state that you are "ahead".
    And if you are Republican, try channelling Meghan McCain instead of being such an ignorant, intolerant fool.



  65. 65

    If n i g g ers and mexicans can be out in the military, why can't the gays?

    WHY is there a bill to pass all this fucking bullshit to begin with?

    They should shove that "bill" up Obama's asshole and ship him back to Haiti as far as I'm concerned!



  66. 66

    Re: jerseygirl415 – Amen Girl!



  67. 67

    Re: London0621 – Thank you! And thank you SO MUCH for you service. I honor and respect those who serve our country more than I do anyone else. God bless.