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September 20, 2010

Senate to vote on taking up 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

Posted: 05:54 PM ET

From Ted Barrett and Dana Bash, CNN 

Washington (CNN) - Despite a high-profile push from pop star Lady Gaga and other gay rights supporters, the outcome of a key Senate vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on legislation that includes a repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy remains too close to call.

Republicans appear united against the measure, including some GOP senators who favor lifting the Pentagon's requirement that gays and lesbians keep their sexuality a secret. The Republican opponents are upset that Democratic leaders so far refuse to allow GOP amendments to the broader National Defense Authorization Act that includes the "don't ask, don't tell" provision.

Lady Gaga spoke at an afternoon rally in Maine to pressure the state's two Republican senators - Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins - to join Democrats in overcoming an expected filibuster attempt.

To loud cheers from the crowd, Gaga said she was proposing a new law titled, "If you don't like it, go home," which would remove homophobic straight soldiers from the military instead of gay soldiers.

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David Kaas   September 20th, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Hey Larry,
Does this don't ask don't tell apply to information that you posses and will not tell the listening audience concerning their own conditions?


GoodGrief   September 21st, 2010 8:59 am ET

All the big egos demanding they live carnally, the way of man, not of God. Not a spiritual thought among them. It's true, God blinds His TRUTH to those that do not love Him. Lady GaGa leading the way rejecting her Jewish upbringing ... all for money and fame.

Amen.


Kathie   September 21st, 2010 5:16 pm ET

The GOP is disgusting and unAmerican. The GOP can only think of power, their own self serving intrests and derailing anything placed before them by the democrats. Don't ask don't tell is an antiquated law. Do you ask the sexual orientation of a fire fighter/police officer or soldier rescueing you from harm;s way. Is a bullet/bomb/etc less lethal if fired by somone who is straight/gay/asexual? God made us all straight/gay/asexual. . As an American, I am disgusted with the GOP crusade to say no to anything placed before them . The previous administration demonstrated poor leadership, poor judgement, fiscal irresponsiblity, started the Iraq war with lies and deceit, allowed the continued outsourcing of our jobs and failed to represent the people. i will not live in fear as the GOP would prefer we would. All of us (except the richest 3%) have been severely affected by the actions of the previous adminstration. I don't know how the GOP can sleep at night knowing that they are NOT representing the will of the people.


Dave   September 22nd, 2010 5:15 pm ET

Do the DADT ranters actually read the news story? The filibuster is because this bill rather than stand alone is part of the defense appropriations. SO the Repubs are standing together in order to have a say in overall defense spending proposals.
If the Democratic leadership would actually take up the direct issue – they could write a 2 page bill with DADT as the title and get a direct up or down vote.
Support for this is NOT unanimous on the democratic side either, which is why lady Gaga is pushing for the Maine repubs to support it.

Any legislation that passes or fails is 100% the fault/success of the democrats. Defense appropriations only requires 51 votes. Let the repubs fillibuster, once they are tired of standing and reading the dictionary bring it for a vote.


anthony   September 22nd, 2010 7:16 pm ET

Very strange how our ellected public officials are against over turning the don't ask,don't tell policy.I hope American people keep these people in mind when their term's are up for reelection.This is America for heaven sake.These men ,and women are just as capable as anyone who loves his or her country.What is the big deal?As citizens of this country,it is the constitutional rights of each individual to chose their own sexual preference,as long as it is not imposed on others....Republicans,or thoes in opposition to the don't ask,don't tell policy.Is it fair,and just for thoes who are presently serving in the military defending,and protecting the freedom of his or her fellow Americans,when with a stroke of a pen will lose everything he or she has gained up to this point, because of some idiot who happen's to make an issue regarding their sexual preference?How does that protect them of their constitutional rights like everybody else.?After all they American citizens of this country.


TJ   September 27th, 2010 2:31 pm ET

As a vet I find it appalling that the brave men and women who willingly protect the rights of us all do not have the right to be who they are openly. I served alongside a gay soldier and she was one of the best people I have ever known in my life. Character, discipline, courage, and honor should be the only things judged of those who serve.


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