Senate Cloture Vote Advances Repeal Of DADT

Alphabetical by Senator Name
Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brown (R-MA), Yea
Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Not Voting
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Not Voting
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Not Voting
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
LeMieux (R-FL), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Yea
Lugar (R-IN), Nay
Manchin (D-WV), Not Voting
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Yea
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Snowe (R-ME), Yea
Specter (D-PA), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea


  1. Chris says

    This isn’t a vote to repeal or a final vote, this is a vote to end debate and invoke cloture. Essentially, the senate standing rules allow for infinite debate on a bill, but at any time a senator can file for cloture. 30 hours later, a vote is taken, and if the threshold is met (60 votes), then debate continues for another 30 hours, at which point the question can be moved and a final vote taken, which requires the usual simple majority.

  2. Brad says

    Wooo hooo!!! Finally some action. Guess I need to sack up and join now. Glad our government finally did the right thing. Thanks to all our active duty and retired service members who have endured until now.

  3. Jay says


    from Josh Marshall at

    Just so we’re clear. This is not the passage of the actual DADT repeal bill. This is the vote that allows a straight majority vote, which will likely come tomorrow. And since there are many more than 51 votes for repeal, that means that the actual bill will pass tomorrow and likely be signed by the president early next week. This vote means that DADT is history.

  4. Brian from Tucson says

    Terrific news! Don’t Ask Don’t Tell slides into the dustbin of history. Our country moved forward slowly, but it does move forward. Good for Obama, the Democrats, and even Lieberman for pushing this through. The crabby old coot McCain will be groveling in his anger and that makes me smile big time.

  5. candide says

    Are Maggie and Brian handing out the cyanide-laced KoolAid at the NOM compound yet? Reality has come knocking on their door. And they can’t handle the truth.

  6. John says

    They actually only need 50 votes tomorrow. Vice President Joe Biden could always break the tie.

    Although, with the 63 votes they got today, I am pretty sure it won’t come to that. In fact, I think they will get a couple of the fence sitters who didn’t vote today. Since the outcome is now clear, those senators won’t want to be on the wrong side of history.

    John McCain, on the other hand, has already secured his place in history as a segregationist.

  7. TruthSeeker_Too says

    @Chris: This is on a special concurrence, so there is only a single cloture vote required and one 30-hour rule before a vote on passage.

    Also, PLEASE realize that even with passage, DADT REMAINS the law of the land unless and until our Fierce Advocate and the Sect. of Defense and Chairman of the Jt. Chiefs certify back to Congress that the ban can be lifted without a negative impact and then ANOTHER 60 days must pass before implementation actually occurs.

    So it will be at least March of 2011 before anything concrete really happens. Given BO’s leadership, it will probably happen just before HRC’s annual fundraising cocktail and dinner party next fall.

  8. Chris says

    @Truthseeker There’s a 30 hour rule after filing for cloture and after the cloture vote itself… which is why Reid filed for cloture on Thursday and the vote was today… the final vote could be held on Monday or whenever Reid schedules it.

    Crazy senate.

  9. Rob says

    Mark Kirk, rumored to be gay, reversed his stance, and just saved himself a blue dress moment. He is a navy veteran, but I’m not coming up with the right dress blues pun. Losing my edge- must be the champagne.

  10. says

    I am still in shock at this victory. I never thought Lieberman would have the courage to speak so forthrightly about this issue: well done, Senator.

    It does sadden me that the DREAM act failed, though–the issues were so similar. Keep fighting for justice, immigrants.

  11. J.P. says

    To all the Obama hatred here. He was right and you were wrong on the strategy for this issue. Passing a law to repeal DADT was the best possible outcome for us. An Executive Order would not have been nearly as good and letting the courts decide this issue would have been to risky. It also would not have been popular with voters.

    Now we have a law that has the support of the military, the Congress and the public.

    Thank you for your leadership, President Obama. You really are a fierce advocate!

  12. George says

    Well said JP! Proof yet again that Obama plays a long game. An executive order would have given congress no motivation to act.

    When Obama signs this, he will have accomplished pretty much everything I expected him to for gay rights. DOMA will be up to the Supreme Court and Obama has doe what he needs to there as well, by appointing two progressive women to the Court.

  13. JimSur212 says

    Yes, thank Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, but you also need to thank Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, President Obama, the Democratic Party and yes, perhaps MOST importantly, HRC and our other “insider” lobbying groups. Hopefully this will silence the cynics and the HRC/Obama bashers who proliferate on this site.

  14. JusticeontheRocks says

    JP, jimsur, et al. You’re reinventing history. This is not the way the WH drew it up. The guy you’re calling a fierce advocate manages a justice department that equated YOU with bestiality and pedophilia.

    Does he deserve some credit for this? Sure. Is he a fierce advocate: hell no.

  15. candide says

    I guess all those Obama-hating fucktards who monopolized these boards prior to the elections and who, yielding to their infantile gay rage, voted Republican or stayed home in November have a lot to be proud of–speaker Boehner and rollbacks of LGBT rights coming to a statehouse near you. The consequences of your lack of political discipline will soon come home to roost. Pathetic losers and traitors to the cause!

  16. candide says

    Wasn’t the great Obama-hater Tank sure DADT repeal would fail? He must be exchanging letters of condolence with McCain at this very moment. So many loud-mouth, politically naive losers in our community! And too many of us are too easily manipulated by their false demagogy.

  17. J.P. says

    Here we go… The justice department is a semi-independent branch of the executive department. They were giving a half-ass defence of the DADT law on the books. By defending the law, it gave Obama and Congress the time they needed to repeal DADT. The courts were the back up plan.

    You really think that Obama equates gay people with pedophiles? Show me one public statement on DADT that supports that view.

  18. John says


    There will be no second cloture vote 30 hours from now or any of that nonsense.

    Senators Lieberman and Collins wanted the House to vote first precisely because they wanted to avoid the whole amendment process and a second cloture vote.

    Speaker Pelosi attached a special rule to the bill allowing the Majority Leader Reid to ask the Senate to “concur” with the House version as is. Even though the House bill is IDENTICAL to one they already have in the Senate, this convoluted procedure means they can essentially pass it in a day.

  19. Rainer says

    Congratulations from Germany!! A big step forward to equality – as always: so many people had to suffer before we succeed. But it was worth it in the end.

  20. mike says

    Congrats to all! Stop bickering and celebrate but we still have more battles to win. At least we can stop pouring money and time into this issue. Vote WISELY, come out and support each other.

  21. Frank says

    @Rainer I’m at Landstuhl, Germany here. Never thought I’d see the day when this ended. How ironic that this bill is getting passed today, and today I just happen to shake hands with General Hamm and Admiral Mullen himself. I thank them and everybody else who put time and effort into getting this done including Pelosi, Reed, Lieberman, and Obama.

  22. says

    Lieberman was just the face of this- and if you think that was coincidental after the insurance/health care reform fiasco, you don’t know politics.

    Still, I’m thankful for his vote but I’m also EQUALLY grateful for the other 62 votes- including both of my senators, Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich (finally did something I’m proud of).

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