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Video: US Senate votes to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell ban on gays serving in the military

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  1. this is great news, finally a shred of equality!! :)

  2. Nice one Obama and the Democrats :) they took their time but they came through as promised. Good news indeed!

  3. Senator McCain and all other Senators who voted against repeal hang your head in shame. Gay Rights 1. Christian Fundamentialists 0. A good day brothers and sisters a good day, the fight goes on.

  4. AMERICA is sleepwalking into madness! Shame!!

  5. Commanderthor 18 Dec 2010, 9:04pm

    Good news!

    Go take your pills now Sottom, and apologise to the nurse for leaving your room once again!

  6. Fighting for oil is wrong whoever you love. Hummer on America.

  7. Great news :)

    So happy.

  8. Just can’t keep away from the gayists at the weekend can you Sottom…

    Lovely. Very nice to have a win on this, and great that a handful of Republicans crossed the floor to vote for it. As here, even the conservatives are realising that menacing gay people is a really pointless waste of life.

  9. Superb! And not before time. I hope those guys and gals that were dismissed can have their jobs back. What a great day.

  10. Wonderful news. Congrats to our Canadian neighbours and brothers in arms. Today you have won a great fight for everyone.

    Sottom: Poor emotionally castrated, psychological cowardly, intellectually regressing, angry little Sottom, so sad you cannot celebrate good things in the world. Now, as Hitler, Jack the Rippers, Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, Steven Grieveson, Colin Ireland, … etcetera should have done, go abort yourself before choose to participate in more damaging things in the world.

  11. Yes, Sottom, Canadians with the same policy are already mad. Did you see those reports on telly? They’re chewing their own legs off!

    I watched history being made on C-Span. This really made my evening. :D

  12. Better late than never… welcome to the 21st century !

    I’m amazed that the fundamentalists didn’t wake up to the obvious blackmail threat that DADT represented.

    But if you’re that bigoted I suppose that you ignore anything that doesn’t fit your prejudices.

  13. Poor Sottom. Now go take your meds–yes, there’s a good lad.

    Glad to see this past. Finally…another bit of equality.

  14. Fantastic news. At last America move to join the 21st century in allowing openly gay people to serve their country.
    I served in the UK military between 1979 and 1990 and had to hide my sexuality, I loved my job and left the military of my own accord, but if I had been allowed to be open about who I was, I may well have completed my 22 years service.

  15. Steve@GayWebHosting 18 Dec 2010, 11:31pm

    About time!

    Great news though.

  16. TheSuburbanBi 19 Dec 2010, 1:17am

    Brilliant news. Even though I was pissed off that Obama didn’t sign an executive order over this, I do realise that such an order would only have been valid until the end of his presidency. This is now enshrined in law. Now LGBT servicemen and women can serve without fearing their own military and fellow soldiers.

  17. jamestoronto 19 Dec 2010, 4:28am

    FINALLY!!! – a SURPRISE VOTE – a GREAT result. Wasn’t really expecting this one but I’m lovin’ it. I thought for sure it would get voted down.

    The USA now joins the ranks of the many dozens of other states (including almost ALL of the coalition partners in Afghanistan) who have for years allowed gays to serve openly.

    From the outside, good one Obama. You came through on a promise not only Americans were looking for but all of your external well-wishers as well.

    Will all those discharged under the repealed law be re-instated?

    The struggle continues.

  18. Jock S. Trap 19 Dec 2010, 6:15am

    About Bloody time!!

  19. …what to say about this gem?
    good riddance… and may the door slap your ass on the way out…

  20. David in Indy 19 Dec 2010, 8:02am

    Wonderful news!

    A tremendous uphill battle for us in the future, including a revisit of DADT in two years- lots and lots of future obstacles to overcome. It’s not over yet. Not even close. We’re talking about the U.S. here folks.

    But great news. I am pleased. For now. Let’s not count the chickens before they’ve hatched, you hear me?

  21. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 19 Dec 2010, 8:05am

    Hey America welcome to the 21st century in joining other nations that allow openly gay soldiers!!!!!!

    Now what about repealing the other anti-gay, bigoted and unconstitutional law called DOMA?????

    FREE BRAD MANNING NOW!!!!!

  22. Long overdue!!!!

    Congratulations America!!!! – You have finally joined the UK, France, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Australia, Spain, Germany, Israel, the Philippines, Uruguay, Sweden, Denmark, New Zealand, Argentina, Norway, Czech Republic, Thailand, Slovenia and South Africa in allowing openly gay people in the army!!!!!!

  23. Katie Murphyu 19 Dec 2010, 8:49am

    McCain should be sent to a nursing home with locks on the inside of the doors. he has lost his mind.

    As for the end of DADt – about time. Its just another way to end the ghettoization of gays into a closet of shame and fear.

    And the big thing is that as more and more str8 soldiers discover that people they know and respect, and yes mutually trust with their lives are gay, it makes a big change. these str8 soldiers will have been imunized against the hate and vitriol spewed out by some of our churches.

    And in the end we all will be safer for it. Except for the churches who spell God and Jesus in the 4 letters HATE. Their pastors will find themselves in the unemployment lines, their churches will become monuments and museums to teach future generations what relgiious madness and bigotry is about.

    Today is a great victory in the fight against relgiious terrorism – christian brand.

    As for McCAin- a retired 2 star str8 general said that McCain is like milk on the supermarket shelf with the label that says “expired”

  24. its a shame that anybody has or wants to go into any army – but if they do, then its correct that everybody has equal opportunity – every credible recognition of LGBT equality should be welcomed until no laws are needed and no differences exist. Now all i need is a nice soldier to marry me …. oh yeah … that’s another thing about which not to stonewall for too long …

  25. Wow, great news.

    @ Katie. If you think homophobia is caused by religion. Perhaps you could explain why China is so homophobic? It’s much worse than the USA.

  26. Now we have the American Catholic Church’s response:

    “Stealing the language of the civil rights movement, they have succeeded in making a flawed comparison between racial discrimination and homosexual sexual acts; even though it is a comparison without merit. Membership in a racial category is a status; homosexual sexual practices are voluntary sexual actions”

    Are these people for real ? You couldnt make it up if you tried !!

  27. The Chinese Government demands conformity from the people that is the state religion of China. Anything that is different is stamped on. The Religionists are no different they demand conformity to their “selected” religious texts. Just like the Chinese Government when they can jail or kill offenders for not conforming, so do the Religionists. It’s all about control and power over people. They are alike in so many ways, they both want total control over mind and body.

  28. At long last, America has dragged itself into the 21st century on this one. Better late than never! McCain and that equally bigoted marine commander who opposed it will eat their words. Nothing will change, there will be no distraction, no unit incohesion as predicted and these opponents and their supporters will look even more stupid and bigoted than they already are. That said, only eight republicans crossed the aisle to vote for repeal as opposed to fifty-five democrats. Speaks volumes which party really supports equality and who does not.

  29. Obama said; The Senate has taken an historic “step toward ending”

    “Until the president signs the bill”

    “until there is certification”

    “until the 60-day Congressional period is over”

    When is Obama going to sign this Bill exactly ?

  30. @ Cleggy:

    I think he’ll sign it before the New Year. Then comes the certification and after that the 60 day waiting period.

    This will be introduced in stages and you can bet it will reach the Marines last.

  31. The Republican Party and the Tea Party are the political arms of the Chrisitan Right Wing / Fundamentalists. The Republican’s are opposed to the Constitution and wish to change the “wall between the State and Religion” to make America ‘One nation under a Christian God’. G W Bush was the President who led the most sustained assault upon the Constitution of the USA in its history. They are the enemies of Democracy and enemies of Gay Rights. It’s a party of an unholy alliance of the disreputable and the dishonest out to strip civil rights from all who they have targeted as “un-American and un-Christian”. McCain and Palin says it all!

  32. @Lucius
    So not so clear cut then.

    I think you will like this:

  33. HOOOORAAYYYY SOME GOOD NEWS AT LAST!!!!

  34. Blimey , that was painful and long protracted ……

    Does everything take that long over there, I thought we were slow!

    Good news though..

  35. This is great news, thouigh there will likely be as much foot-dragging as can be gotten away with before repeal is fully implemented.

  36. David Myers 20 Dec 2010, 10:07pm

    Congratulations to Obama, the House and Senate Democrates and the eight couragous Republican Senators, and in particular to Senator Libermann for being the prime sponsor of this inportant advance in human rights. I have a lot of reasons to not like Libermann’s politics but my hat is certainly off to him on this one. Good work.

  37. This is great news. A huge victory. I feel for all those that had to lose their jobs however because of this delay. Over 350 more people got discharged while Obama was in office.

    DOMA will hopefully go next. Obama supports its reappeal, even if he believes in civil unions and not fullfledged marriage (though he used to as a senator). I think he is trying to seem more right though so he can get stuff done. With how immature they (republicans) are, I don’t blame him.

  38. MACDONALDBANK1 21 Dec 2010, 4:55pm

    The evil writings in Leviticus 20:13; which exists in the old testament & torah … were written long after Moses — 600BC — regarding “priestly rules” … expanded by the pope; homophobes and religious frauds … to attack the gay community and never meant to apply to the public — but to priests.

    How would you like it … if hate speech was directed to your brother or sister as you sat in the pew; spewed by some better than thou religious lunatic with a hateful black book about Leviticus — under his arm?

    The pope and churches fully aware that Leviticus 20:13 applies only to priests refuse to remove this stigma maliciously persecuting gays. Kids bullied into suicide …! Being black or left-handed or being gay is just as natural.
    If the black community or women had it written that they should be put to death; how would they like that?
    Churches are committing hate crimes and more succinctly a violent criminal offence against a federally protected minority namely the gay community. It is actually a bigger moment in history … gays standing up for equality … soldiers being discharged are indeed exposing something far greater … the realization that there is something far more evil at work — hateful religion which should be discharged from society — period.

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