WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 63-33 on Saturday to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell, defeating a 17-year policy of banning gay and lesbian service members from serving openly in the military.
Five Republicans crossed the aisle to vote against the policy: Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio).
The Senate vote is a vindication of Obama's decision to push for congressional repeal as opposed to unilateral executive action, though activists note he could have done both. The Senate will make a final vote on ending the policy at 3 p.m.
"The important thing today is that 63 senators were on the right side of history," Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, told HuffPost, adding he sees the bill as a "stepping stone to further advances for the gay and lesbian community."
Edit: a few of the freaks at Blogs for Victory (how long has it been since I've written about that place, eh?) aren't too happy about the outcome of DADT.
December 18, 2010 at 4:46 pm
so now what, they pass more legislation requiring the use of tax dollars for the spread of STD’s among sodomites with M-16s?
December 18, 2010 at 4:49 pm
I believe we are beyond help in this country.
we will fall in not to many years, GOD who ordained us as a nation will also judge us and it wont be pretty.