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Senate Votes To Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell!

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This is huge. HUGE!!

With a 65-31 vote on Saturday to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the Senate, this is a huge victory in the repeal of DADT.

The bill now moves to the president's desk for the final vote.

If DADT is repealed, it would mean that gays would be openly accepted by the military and could acknowledge their sexual orientation without the fear of being fired.

"I don't care who you love, if you love this country enough to risk your life for it, you shouldn't have to hide who you are. You ought to be able to serve," said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)

After the Senate's vote, President Obama said in a statement:

"The Senate has taken an historic step toward ending a policy that undermines our national security while violating the very ideals that our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives to defend."

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, "We are on the verge of ending 'don't ask, don't tell' for good."

Repealing DADT will not go into effect immediately. There will be a 60-day waiting period as the Pentagon implements new rules.

This is such a huge victory! Equality for all!

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63 comments to “Senate Votes To Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell!”

  1. 1

    Actually.. It was just a vote to envoke clocture. The real vote will be at 3pm….

  2. 2

    YES YES YES. I hope the number of gays enlisting go up up up. An all gay military is just what the country needs to usher in this new open minded thinking. An all gay military will do great when interacting with the citizens in muslim nations run by extremists and jihadists.

  3. 3

    Am delighted re the DADT
    However - there should be OUTRAGE over the failure of the DREAM ACT - no reasonable/thinking individual can be against an act that supports/creates exemplary/contributing citizens!!! Perez can u lead the cause on ur site..

  4. 4

    That's not exactly what happened. Earlier today Senate voted 63-33 to move forward with a final vote of DADT. They will actually vote at 3PM EST to repeal DADT. It is not moving to the President's desk until after the vote this afternoon, assuming it passes then (as it should). Please make sure you read the articles carefully before posting. You're not the only one I've found to misread the statement.

  5. 5

    Re: TrollmasterRe: Trollmaster – I bow to you, Trollmaster. What an awesome troll.

  6. 6

    Let them serve gay or not. Or do you want the draft back ?

  7. 7

    Wow, just wow that you actually didn't even take the time to find out what is really happening, this just shows how ignorant you really are.

  8. 8

    Obama is such a puppet.Now with his percentage rating around 3%.HE IS CHANGING HIS TUNE.Notice how he says the Senate has taken a historic step.He never once said I feel this way too,or I agree.Because if he had his way
    he would pass out flashlights to gays,because it gets dark in their closet.He makes me sick.with all his bullshit sugarcoated speeches! George Bush f-up
    this economy and they took a pole where more americans agree he made a better president.

  9. GG78 says – reply to this


    Re: Trollmaster – YOU ARE SICK !!!!!!!!! Kharma is a bitch !

  10. 10


  11. 11

    The vote is not till 3 PM

  12. GG78 says – reply to this


    They don't vote til 3 pm. Perez, you're always late, don't get the story right or only tell a small portion of a story. That's why I now go to other blogs to get info.

  13. GG78 says – reply to this


    Re: Trollmaster – Learn English, moron !

  14. 14

    Wasn't the guy who turned traitor and leaked all that shit to Wikileaks gay?
    Nuff said!

  15. jjg says – reply to this


    dadt (white issue) passes but not the dream act? ridicz.

  16. 16

    For as much as you've badmouthed the current White House, Congress, and Senate, I am surprised by how quickly you've changed your tune. You were beyond impatient about this, but I knew (as well as millions of Americans) that it would happen. This is government we're talking about-NOTHING happens over night, but what SHOULD happen always DOES!!! Stop bad-mouthing our government and support it because that's FAR more productive!!!!

  17. 17

    PH — Stick to GOSSIP you always get the HARD NEWS wrong. They only voted to invoke cloture (end debate). The Up / Down vote hasn't happened yet.

  18. 18

    So, the 2nd black Prez gets to nullify what the 1st black "Riding Dirty" Prez instituted.
    What a win this must be for the Dems.
    Slick Willie must be proud of another slap in the face from Bam Bam.
    I'm lovin' it!

  19. 19

    Maybe now we can focus on the really important issues, like the economy.

  20. 20

    Re: Trollmaster – #2 Trollmaster,you shouldn't be so hard on yourself.

  21. 21

    Great … now you actually start writing about celebrities …

  22. 22

    perez, leave the news to real journalists. as usual, you have no fucking clue what you're talking about.

  23. 23

    Re: Wenchtits – #20 Now that's what I'm talking about! I couldn't agree with u more.Quit trying to save the world and concentrate on our own country.Perfect example health reform.Weren't we talkinf about this 10 years ago when CLINTON was president.Well it has only gotten worst.I was laid off due to an ruptured dics and Blood Clots.Company went out of business.Ihave applied for Disability SSI.Have been turned down 5 times.Reason my injuries aren't severe enough! And the girl admitted very few obtain it,because of the goverment funds.Two years without a penny.Pray
    you dont get injured and make sure you go with a private company.

  24. 24

    This is absolutely HORRIBLE!!!!! I have nothing against gays; i dont care if they get married w/e they deserve rights. But speaking as a wife, who is married to someone who is in the army this is bad! the dadt is there to protect gays. If gays are open in the army it will be bad for them. People who dont like gays will make it a living hell for them!!! this is so sad. and not only that but now guys who are straight are going to get married to other guys in the army just so they can make more money, which in turn is going to steal from the gov. & put us more into debt!!!!

  25. 25

    Finally honour & truth have returned to the American Armed Forces!
    Senator John McCain should be ashamed of himself especially for his short disgusting speech before the vote.
    Seantor McCain you have served your country well until lately it is time to step down & disappear.

  26. 26

    When young men volunteer to fight wars and are willing to die for our country they are brave….it doesn't matter if they are straight or gay. They are all brave, young men.

  27. 27

    Re: QUEEN FOR A KNIGHT – Hang in there. I too had to apply for SSD due to recurrent brain tumors. I had to have my head cut open 3 times because the stupid things kept coming back. I am working on my 4th one right now. It took me over 2 1/2 years before I finally was approved for Social Security Disability. I was lucky as the woman who they asked about my case heard the details of it, some kind of work coordinator, and she got tears in her eyes. I was living on fumes at that point and had spent the last of my savings. I wish you much luck.

  28. 28

    Re: kabdon – And being thrown out for being gay isn't a living hell?!?!!

  29. 29

    Re: Trollmaster
    If you want to state your opinion, don't hide behind religion. I go to a catholic school (even though I'm an atheist) and I have to study the bible in Religion. One of the main thing we learn is that many things that are said in the bible are not applicable anymore because the culture has obviously changed drastically. And also, that is not a quote from the bible. Maybe the bible hints towards that, but as I said, that was a completely different time with a difference in culture and context. However, one of the things that is always applicable is that God (assuming he's real) loves everyone and does not discriminate. Please get your facts straight.

  30. 30

    Re: Whathefuck
    That is such an ignorant thing to say. Yes, some gay people do bad things, but so do straight people. That's just a really stupid comment.

  31. 31

    Re: Trollmaster – Maybe if you worried less about gays and quoting your superstitious fairy tales, you might think about going to school and becoming educated. Your post was replete with spelling errors. Unless, of course, you're only 10. Then you are spelling at level. Good for you!

  32. 32

    Re: kabdon – They may be the victims of hate crimes, but it should be their choice if they want to be openly gay. It's discrimination in any other job to fire someone for their sexual preference. Why shouldn't it be the same in the military? The military is already rife with sexual assaults, and the military is clearly not protecting their soldiers from harassment - these men and women know what they're in for. It doesn't affect your life (or anyone's life, for that matter) if your husband is serving alongside openly gay men and women.

  33. 33

    More than 13,500 service men and women have been kicked out of the military under DADT just for being gay. All Western, developed countries have allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly for years. Shows that when Americans say their country is "free," they only mean for certain people: white rich men.

  34. 34

    White rich STRAIGHT men!

  35. 35

    Re: Whathefuck – Wasn't Osama bin laden straight? enough said.

  36. GG78 says – reply to this


    Re: jjg – How is DADT a "white issue"???!!!!!!!! Last time I checked there are gay people in every different color and nationality ! You are a moron, and your comment proves it !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. 37

    Re: Trollmaster – if you don't like gays don't fucking say shit. you clearly have no life whatsoever and all you do is praise something that doesn't exist. go take your offensive comments and put them somewhere else. god wouldn't be too proud of all the sexual assaults on the catholic churches now would he??? :( fucking idiot.

  38. 38

    Re: Trollmaster – if you don't like gays don't fucking say shit. you clearly have no life whatsoever and all you do is praise something that doesn't exist. go take your offensive comments and put them somewhere else. god wouldn't be too proud of all the sexual assaults in the catholic churches now would he??? :( fucking idiot.

  39. 39

    More heartache for Bam Bam.
    Senate Blocks DREAM ACT Bill for young Illegals. heh
    Bam Bam stocks up on more Hawaiian Skunk and coke.
    Who cares about DADT.
    Soldiers on the battlefield have a different kind of justice if needed, and far away from lawyers telling them what to do.
    Be careful you homos.

  40. 40

    Re: es tiempo – What, so all you freeloaders can just drive our society even more into debt?! Becuase you want an education paid by for by the AMERICAN PEOPLE!??? Es tiempo you go back to mexico where you belong!!!

  41. 41

    Congrats, it's only the beginning. Be patient, the military is straight out right now. So many questions and few answers need to be sorted out. My concern is our military still deals with so much sexual harassment how are they going to protect the gay community if they are open about their sexuality. Our military is one of the most macho in the world. That and organized religion is the root of the problem.

  42. 42

    Now It's Do Ask And Do Tell Girlfriend

  43. 43

    Re: Trollmaster – I guess I don't have to tell you that you're an asshole. But I will! You're a TOTAL asshole! I hope to hell that nobody in your family are gay and have to deal with the likes of you.

  44. 44

    Re: Kelli Jo Hurley – God bless you, my dear little troll!
    Re: GG78 – I am a 13 year old girl!
    Re: GG78 – I coming from france. Me learning.Sorry bad grammar.
    Re: mdr417Re: QUEEN FOR A KNIGHT – I would like a hardone, tiihiii
    Re: citygirl21 – Culture has changed, the bible not. Science say there are no homo gen. ergo its in your mind, cocksucker!! Read some facts before you make an ass of yourself. Homosexuality is a mental sicness, period!Re: mdr417 – you are to stupid to waist any time on. go fuck your self with a cucumber and know that everybody hates you!!

  45. 45

    Like I said before DADT was a big Clinton mistake…as Commander in Chief he should have just asked the military to stop discharging people simply b/c they are gay. When you apply for any other job, they don't ask you if you're gay or straight but rather if you are qualified to do the job. When you join the police academy or become a firefighter where you have to bunk and shower together, they don't ask if you're gay or straight. Why should it be different in the miltary?

  46. 46

    Re: jeremyandkristy – Not you, again! You have no insult but telling people to go back to Mexico. F'in moron.

  47. 47

    This is great news for perez! He can now join the military! Oh wait he is too much of a coward to join.

  48. polac says – reply to this


    money talks- republicans sold out for all their talking it seems odd that they passed the dadt the day after they got their tax cuts for the rich bill passed

  49. 49

    DADT repealed, bigots!

  50. 50

    Re: Trollmaster
    Whatever, believe what you want, but really, like I said before, don't hide behind religion. It's caused enough problems already.

  51. @v@ says – reply to this


    It's about time. It's such a non issue in other allied countries for at least twenty years. No one will notice a difference apart from no one feeling oppressed or less than another.

  52. 52

    Hey TrollMaster– if you hate gays so much, why do you come to Perez Hilton's blog, make an account, and contribute so 'religiously' to his posts? I don't think there is anything wrong with gays, and I don't think there is anything wrong with straight people who don't agree with their lifestyle, but stick to your Ann Coulter boards. It seems like all the raging homobigots who so vehemently hate homosexuals, are obsessed with gay people. You see gay movies and comment on how much you hate them, you see stories about gay celebrities and blast them, you surround yourselves with 'all things gay' and then proclaim how much you hate them and how they'll fry in hell. Go watch Sarah Palin's 'Alaska' and bitch to all of your republican friends, if your so uncomfortable and hate gays so much, why dedicate your life to being around them??

  53. 53

    Re: Trollmaster

    LOL! Poor baby is so fucking pathetic. YOU LOST asshole! LOL! LOL! LOL!

  54. 54

    Since this is going to give the GOP a 10-seat pick up in the Senate in 2012, Conservatives better get busy getting candidates ready in the districts of the legislators that voted yes, by shoving it down our throats again, just like Obamacare… and that tactic has worked out so well for the Progressives. We will remember.

  55. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: citygirl21 – Uhm, he states right up front that he is
    'Trollmaster', or a master troll. That means everything he types is designed to provoke a reaction, and is probably all total bullshizz.

  56. 56

    Re: kabdon – Kabdon, you are totally clueless. It's emabarrassing how stupid you are. Because of DOMA, gay men or women that get married in the military get nothing. I doubt straight men would get married for monetary benefits anyway. There are already thousands of gays in the military with no problems and those serving openly in the future will also not cause any problems. Look to the military in Israel, Great Britain and many other countries where gays serve openly and there are no issues. none.

  57. 57

    Folks, we learn something new every day.
    I didn't even know they gave real ordinance to the military in Great Britain.
    Too late anyway to save that once great nation.
    Sad. Big Sigh.
    Maybe it's too late for us too, but we'll die trying.
    There'll be blood in the street, when all legal avenues are exhausted. Republicans better remember this, when they get to DC next year.

  58. 58

    Should be "ordnance" (real bullets and stuff not rubber ones, for those of you in Rio Linda).

  59. 59

    Today, President Obama appoints Fisting Czar, and seeks Fisting Diversity Educational Classes start immediately to all military personnel.
    Tomorrow, Harry Reid brings up the issue of why women and transgenders are still being discriminated against in combat rolls?
    In other news, the Russians, North Koreans and Iranians increase "training exercises" around the world.

  60. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: luvs2tango – This repeal will increase the forces rolls by a minimum of 14,000 able bodies, all the better to be prepared concerning those countries you mention who appear to be flexing. Why do you think they're flexing? It's in response to the exercises off Korean waters being conducted by yours truly, even though Russia and China have publicly requested to turn down the posturing as it acts akin to a chronic burning fuse. With the sanctions and bad financial times, the north looks to be pushed into a corner.

  61. 61

    Thank goodness. Now we can all move on with our lives and this period of discrimination can move into history… where it belongs.

  62. 62

    Re: citygirl21 – Hold on a sec. Just because culture has changed doesn't mean that God's law has changed. I've read the bible, and didn't see a disclaimer from God that says what's in the book applies until the culture changes. I realize that you felt that you felt compelled to correct the Trollmaster, but you need to go back to your books if that's all you've taken away from your religious studies. You are way off base. I'm agnostic, but even I know better than to claim the word of God has a sell-by date. If your teachers are selling you that crap, they need to go back to the books too.

  63. 63

    Re: luvs2tango – Clinton has already said that DADT was a mistake. The way it was implemented was far from his intent and he agrees that it doesn't work….

    Interesting part about this whole thing, to me, was that DADT repeal was introduced on a seperate bill from the Defense Bill by none other than Republican Olympia Snowe…. gotta love bipartisan efforts for equality!!!!!