Final Vote On DADT Repeal Easily Clears The Senate

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), Yea
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), Yea
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. walter says

    4 cowards still refused to take a stand one way or the other, a real portrait in courage.
    the people who elected them should be real proud of their courageous elected officials. those senators stood for nothing either way.

  2. Brian in Texas says

    What a great victory for all Americans! Congrats to the 8 republicans who crossed the isle. That is real leadership and real governance. President Obama kept his promise.

  3. isaacben says

    AWESOME! In this militaristic country where soldiers can do no wrong, this was a huge victory for gay rights.

    Marriage and other employment equality rights will soon follow….now our argument can be “how can you tell a gay soldier he can’t marry the person he loves? How can you discriminate in employment against a gay veteran?”

    This is a powerful advance! I’m not in love with the American war machine but this vote is huge for us!

  4. Bill Perdue says

    Repeal of the Democrats DADT means nothing more than fewer dismissals, because they’re no longer required by Bill Clinton’s law.

    It does not mean an end to all dismissals by the christer officer corps.

    It does not mean an end to all the harassment, discrimination and violence promoted by the christer officer corps.

    It does not mean that LGBT partnerships or families will be treated equally in terms of benefits because that’s illegal under the Democrats DOMA.

    It’s a step forward but not much of a step. Fundamentally repeal is based on the need for cannon fodder in the illegal wars from Palestine to Pakistan and because Democrats and a few Republicans want to tap into the 77% disapproval rate of DADT as insurance for next round of elections.

    GLBT folks should be even more adamant about opposing enlistment and murder of civilians by the US military.

    Don’t enlist. Don’t fight. Don’t murder civilians. Don’t translate and help murder civilians.

    Defend PFC Bradley Manning, an LGBT-antiwar hero.

  5. Smartypants says

    To their credit, two Republicans joined the vote for final passage, Burr (NC) and Ensign NV).

  6. JusticeontheRocks says

    Andy, hope you’ll run the full list of yeas and nays. We should all remember who’s a nay on this one.

  7. Rafael says

    At last our soldiers can enjoys the freedoms they fight for. And thanks to them, we renew our hopes and dreams of a more perfect union. What a great day!

  8. John says

    To those who said the lame duck Democratic Congress won’t get anything done before the GOP takeover in January:

    Quack, Quack, QUACK.

  9. says

    I am watching “Full Metal Jacket.”

    Its a beautiful day here in Arizona.

    This is what happens when politicians put their IDEOLOGIES aside. Everybody had a huge role in this, from people like me criticizing Obama and his bots on the left to put their feet on the fire, to Log Cabin for also putting the pressure on the government to repeal this thing NOW.

  10. Gregoire says

    I hope in a final moment of indignity, John McCain slips on a banana peel and falls down the Capitol steps in a Naked Gun like fashion.

  11. says

    “To those who said the lame duck Democratic Congress won’t get anything done before the GOP takeover in January:

    Quack, Quack, QUACK.”

    That’s because there were doubts about this whole thing due to the erratic, uncommitted behavior of those on the left, from the white house to the mental patient Reid.

  12. Cocoa says

    Wow, to see this happen this year, in a lame duck session. Not only is this a great and proud day for the senate, but they may have saved lives; by adopting this bill, they kept it out of the court’s hand, so that repeal can be planned, organized, and go smoothly, as opposed to ubrupt, sudden, and swift.

    Oh how I am looking forward to see how McCain will react. Any bets on whether he will get emotional? Maybe a few sniffles or podioum hits? Hahahahaahaa.

  13. sugarrhill says

    Not so fast there, Pepa! Just because a handful of Republicans helped pass this bill does not mean it was a bipartisan effort. Democrats got this done. Democrats deserve all the credit.

  14. Matt26 says

    Finally the victory! And one small step for the society, one giant for gays and lesbians.

    The change has begun.

  15. Jim says

    This is a great, great, great day! Thanks to all who made this happen! For all your pain, your tenacity, your service, your guts! We have taken one GIANT step toward equality! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  16. will says

    heck yeah awesome news!!! i was watching it live on cspan, and shortly after the results came out, cspan’s website went down lol. great news indeed. now it will go up to the boss and he will sign it. i know it will not go into affect right away; but at least the light at the end of the tunnel is closer to be seen. I will continue to serve my country proudly.

  17. Conflicted says


    I agree, I see this as a means towards another end.. moving towards full equality. It’s interesting, just because LGBT can now join openly doesn’t me we should categorically support whatever wars are being fought or forget the nature of the american war machine. I’m happy for equality but I’m ambivalent about this sending a message that LGBT should join just because they can.. still something in the long-term good was accomplished and that, I can celebrate.

  18. HawaiiBill says

    Results matter. Thanks to Congress, the President, the groups and individuals who have written, called, marched and chained themselves to the fence. I’m especially proud of Hawaii’s Congressional deleggation for voting 100% for repeal (even our Republican House member.) Thanks even to the pessimists and doomsayers on here who loudly and consistently said this wouldn’t happen … you helped keep the pressure on. It happened…and before the end of the year as Mr. Obama promised.

    So now all that’s left today is for us to get hectored by Aunt Blabby one more time.

  19. Brian in Texas says


    Dan Choi was on MSNBC moments ago via telephone. He seemed upbeat and said that he couldn’t wait to rejoin the military.

  20. Chitown Kev says


    As far as the Senate vote is concerned, it would not have advanced today without Republican support.


    I have no problem with anyone saying that this was a bipartisan victory in the United States Senate.

  21. Career says

    “Dan Choi was on MSNBC moments ago via telephone. He seemed upbeat and said that he couldn’t wait to rejoin the military.”


    He’ll be waiting a long time. There are several reasons for the military to reject his re-enlistment that have nothing to do with his sexual orientation.

    Dan Choi, get a job.

  22. Secret Identity says

    I can’t help but wonder if the president was as crazy as a fox. I was among those who have worried that he is listening too much to the right wingnuts and ignoring his base…maybe there is a method to his madness.

  23. sugarrhill says

    Chitown Kev, you’re right that is a fact. I thank those few Republican senators that stood behind country rather than party. But I’m not giving the entire Republican party credit/pass for a few renegades. This repeal was Democratic Party success. They showed the leadership on this issue and sought to push it through when the other party wanted to do nothing and keep the status quo. The Democrats got this done.

  24. says

    “Not so fast there, Pepa! Just because a handful of Republicans helped pass this bill does not mean it was a bipartisan effort. Democrats got this done. Democrats deserve all the credit.”

    Again why do you liberal hacks HAVE TO inject your ideology like if your life depends on it? What is the matter with you?

    You know damn sure that without GOP support with at least 5 votes from that party, this vote would NOT have happened in the first place. We NEEDED gop votes, Every DADT activist knew this… Oh but wait they were pragmatists who had a goal of REPEALING this thing, while MARXISTS like you have only one goal: peddle your destructive socialist agenda.

  25. Mel Smith says

    President Obama, thank you. Thank you to all the senators who voted to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

  26. says

    Thank you for posting the list of how senators voted. I noticed that two had switched, since the cloture vote was 63-33 and the final vote was 65-31. After looking everywhere, including the Senate’s site and, plus numerous newspaper articles, I finally got the names here: Burr (NC) and Ensign (NV) switched to support the repeal. Good for them.

  27. Career says

    The vote is a vindication for both Obama and HRC. They wisely elected to go through channels on this, and get the support from the military hierarchy. It was the only way that they could have ever hoped to get the necessary votes to overcome the filibuster.

  28. Bobby says

    Congratulations to all the soldiers who no longer have to hide who they are. I’m glad to be a part of this historic day.

  29. scott says

    Thanks to Republican Senators Brown, Burr, Collins, Ensign, Kirk, Murkowski, Snow, and Voinovich for voting to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. You are brave leaders for crossing the aisle and voting with party who is in the right on this issue.

  30. Career says

    So now Dan loves him. In October, he told that Village Voice that Reid is “a pussy who bleeds every month.”

  31. says

    It’s ludicrous to call this a bipartisan effort. It’d be like calling the WWI armistice the result of a joint project between the Allies and Germany.

    No, what happened today is the Democrats finally won something on their agenda, and the Republicans lost. The GOP have made it a priority over and over to sabotage this repeal. They crumbled today because a few of their members surrendered to common sense and basic decency. One side won and the other lost. For once, it was our side.

  32. Henry Holland says

    “Oh but wait they were pragmatists who had a goal of REPEALING this thing, while MARXISTS like you have only one goal: peddle your destructive socialist agenda”

    Oh gawd, hahahahahahaha. You’re as dense as a neutron star, peddling that “OMG! The scary Marxists!” bullshit in 2010. Here’s a clue for you dumbass: it’s not 1968 anymore, how about you save your tired rhetoric for something that’s real?

  33. Keith says

    Thank You to all who worked tirelessly over the past decade to overturn this very discriminatory policy. You have my eternal gratitude and respect, as you are the true heroes of equality for the LGBT community. I must admit I didn’t think it would happen after the past couple weeks, but this moment restores some of my faith in our nation as it slowly marches us towards full equality in all areas of society.

  34. loki7329 says

    I honestly never thought it would happened. A promise is a promise. The DNC, DSCC, and DCCC will all get big campaign donations from me.

  35. Don't Look A Gift Horse.... says

    Great news, and just in time for Christmas. But this was an expensive gift to put under our tree. It took a few hundred billion dollars in tax cuts for the aristocracy to placate the Republicans and put them in a holiday mood.

    Just maybe, Obama bought the votes for us with his tax cut dealing.

  36. Keith says

    @BillPerdue. While I understand and appreciate your point that repeal of DADT doesn’t mean the fight for equality in the military is over, but it does send a strong signal to the country that discriminatory laws against the LGBT community are most likely unconstitutional and will either be legislatively repealed or undone by courts. This sends a strong message to the community at large in our nation, and one that surely will not be lost on the bigots to the right that they are piece by piece losing the war, even if they win a battle from time to time. So celebrate the victory, keep working to implement full equality, and make it better for the next generation that follows us so they can live even more openly and proudly than we do in our current times.

  37. sugarrhill says

    Don’t Look A Gift Horse…., yes, this was an expensive gift bought by Obama and the Dems to placate a few Republican senators. Don’t think that we didn’t pay for those Republican yes votes today. We did pay and the price tag is outrageous, but don’t tell gay cons like Pepa that. Unfortunately, this is how business will go down until they are voted out. Our belief in our Democratic leadership is short lived.

  38. says

    “Oh gawd, hahahahahahaha. You’re as dense as a neutron star, peddling that “OMG! The scary Marxists!” bullshit in 2010. Here’s a clue for you dumbass: it’s not 1968 anymore, how about you save your tired rhetoric for something that’s real?”

    This is why America is in trouble, you have people like these, so droned, so brainwashed that they don’t care what is going to happen to their nation. In that case why even repeal DADT? Why even fight for a country when you don’t care about its path to the gutter and how Marxists (yes MARXISTS) have ruined it already.

  39. says

    “It’s ludicrous to call this a bipartisan effort.”

    So I guess they would have voted for cloture with ONLY democrat votes,

    In essence if bipartisanship had no play in this, then why didn’t they repeal this 6 months ago genius?

  40. says

    I’d like to point out that over the last three days we here in Nevada have asked activists from around the country to bombard Ensign. Thousands of cards, emails, phone calls and office visits went on in that short time. In addition, Stonewall’s friends Log Cabin friends in Utah did the same on their end.

    I introduced Harry Reid to Lt Dan Choi just over a year ago. At that time Harry told us that he and the President were committed “to ending this silly policy”. He went on to be the highest ranking person to endorse the National Equality March and today he fulfilled his promise to Dan, myself and the LGBT community.

    I am very proud to know Dan and extremely proud of Senator Reid. I am also very proud that BOTH of Nevada’s Senators did the right thing and voted to repeal DADT!

    Congrats and lets move forward!

  41. Dback says

    Quoth an immortal “Brady Bunch” ep from the 70’s: “Marcia, the point isn’t how I got here. The point is, I’ve arrived.”

    We can quibble from now till doomsday about should it have happened earlier, should Obama have issued an executive order, should the HRC done more, should the few renegade Republicans deserve some credit for helping this pass. The point is, it passed. 17 years after Clinton’s well-intentioned “compromise” turned into a discharge nightmare, we’ve finally joined some of the finest militaries on Earth who’ve already long-abandoned this hateful, discriminatory policy.

    If folks don’t want to join the military, they don’t have to. They point is, now they can. Similarly, if gay people don’t want to get married, they shouldn’t feel they have to; however, no one should be able to tell them they can’t.

    We have taken a HUGE step towards equality in this country, and give Obama credit: he’s now passed a Hate Crimes Law and ended “DADT.” That’s a helluvva lot more than any president has done for us lately.

  42. Daddolfe says

    What a message! EQUALITY IS NEAR. Humanity, justice and peace ALWAYS prevail. This news should motivate anyone who is complacent in doubt regarding the fight for equality to realize that activism, fighting for good, and being motivated DOES indeed pay off in history. It always has, it always will. Now let’s get marriage equality for all and ensure regardless of your background…you enjoy the ability to live in a world where you are valued.

  43. CharlieG says

    Of all the gay issues (repeal DOMA, enact ENDA, etc.), repeal of DADT was low-hanging fruit that should have been passed in a stand-alone bill somewhere around Day 1 of this Congress. Was this a victory? Sure. But let’s not pretend like Congress, the President or any of our LGBT so-called leaders (I looking at you, Joe Solmonese) are heroes on this issue. It is a shame that we had to wait so long for repeal of DADT. Just a shame. This is less a victory and just an end of this shameful period in history.