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Final Vote On DADT Repeal Easily Clears The Senate

What an incredible day! The repeal has officially cleared the Senate.

All that was needed in this afternoon's vote was a simple majority. It easily passed with a vote of 65-31. Eight Republicans joined Democrats in the vote.

Congratulations to everyone who helped make this historic day happen!

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs just sent out the following tweet explaining that President Obama will sign the repeal into law sometime next week.


OutServe's response: "OutServe looks forward to the day that repeal of this law is signed by our Commander in Chief and the certification process is complete so we can all begin to serve openly and honestly. Certification must take place as soon as possible as gay and lesbian service members will be in limbo over the next few months.  As the troops will interpret today's actions as an end in the policy, only a delay in certification will increase the lack of clarity among the ranks."

6a00d8341c730253ef01348046e320970c-800wi Defense Secretary Robert Gates: ""I welcome today's vote by the Senate clearing the way for a legislative repeal of the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' law. Once this legislation is signed into law by the President, the Department of Defense will immediately proceed with the planning necessary to carry out this change carefully and methodically, but purposefully.  This effort will be led by Dr. Clifford Stanley, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and himself a retired Marine Corps major general and infantry officer. The legislation provides that repeal will take effect once the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that implementation of the new policies and regulations written by the Department is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces.  As I have stated before, I will approach this process deliberately and will make such certification only after careful consultation with the military service chiefs and our combatant commanders and when I am satisfied that those conditions have been met for all the Services, commands and units. It is therefore important that our men and women in uniform understand that while today's historic vote means that this policy will change, the implementation and certification process will take an additional period of time.  In the meantime, the current law and policy will remain in effect."

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund: "Today’s vote is the critical strike against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and toward creating a path that could end in lesbian, gay and bisexual people being able to serve openly, honestly, and to great benefit of our country. We celebrate this important victory and thank all the senators who supported fairness today. We are on the brink of making history. An end to ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ cannot happen soon enough. This arcane and costly policy has destroyed thousands of careers, wasted much-needed dollars, and failed to enhance our nation’s security. We are now poised to end this travesty once and for all, as the Senate today joined with the three-quarters of Americans who already believe ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ must go. People from every background, every faith, every community across the country know that qualified, patriotic Americans willing to risk their lives by serving in the military should be able to do so, free of discrimination. When full repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is implemented, our nation will honor the principles of fairness and justice that it holds so dearly. We urge President Obama to act swiftly to sign this historic bill."

United States Navy Admiral Mike Mullen: "I am pleased to see the Congress vote to repeal the law governing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Handling this through legislation preserves the military's prerogative to implement change in a responsible, deliberate manner. More critically, it is the right thing to do. No longer will able men and women who want to serve and sacrifice for their country have to sacrifice their integrity to do so. We will be a better military as a result. I look forward to working with Secretary Gates and the Service chiefs as we set about the task of preparing and certifying the joint force to implement the new law. And I am committed to making sure that process is well-led, maintains our combat readiness and upholds our high standards."

Family Research Council: "Today is a tragic day for our armed forces. The American military exists for only one purpose - to fight and win wars. Yet it has now been hijacked and turned into a tool for imposing on the country a radical social agenda. This may advance the cause of reshaping social attitudes regarding human sexuality, but it will only do harm to the military's ability to fulfill its mission."

Joe Lieberman said after the vote: “We righted a wrong. Today we’ve done justice.”

John McCain: "Today's a very sad day. They will do what is asked of them but don't think there won't be a great cost."

Joe Manchin (W. Va ), was the only Democratic Senator to miss both of today's historic votes though he's made it pretty clear how he feels about DADT. So where was he today? According to his spokesperson, he couldn't be present because he had “planned a holiday gathering over a year ago with all their children and grandchildren as they will not all be together on Christmas Day.” The rep adds: “While he regrets missing the votes, it was a family obligation that he just could not break. However, he has been clear on where he stands on the issues."

Complete list of how the senators voted, AFTER THE JUMP.

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

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  1. 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.

    Posted by: HawaiiBill | Dec 18, 2010 4:11:35 PM

  2. @David

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

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Dec 18, 2010 4:13:02 PM

  3. @sugarrhill

    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.

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Dec 18, 2010 4:13:37 PM

  4. "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.

    Posted by: Career | Dec 18, 2010 4:24:02 PM

  5. 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.

    Posted by: Secret Identity | Dec 18, 2010 4:26:00 PM

  6. 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.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Dec 18, 2010 4:26:18 PM

  7. "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.

    Posted by: pepa | Dec 18, 2010 4:28:12 PM

  8. Congrats on being voted one of the best LGBT blogs by Guide to Online Schools! :-)

    Here's the link:

    Posted by: Wilmaryad | Dec 18, 2010 4:30:13 PM

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

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Dec 18, 2010 4:34:59 PM

  10. 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.

    Posted by: Kevin_BGFH | Dec 18, 2010 4:35:01 PM

  11. 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.

    Posted by: Career | Dec 18, 2010 4:38:39 PM

  12. 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.

    Posted by: Bobby | Dec 18, 2010 4:41:06 PM

  13. 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.

    Posted by: scott | Dec 18, 2010 4:42:56 PM

  14. From @ltdanchoi (Dan Choi):

    "I love you, @SenatorReid. Now gimme back my ring!"

    [ ]

    Posted by: Philo | Dec 18, 2010 4:44:31 PM

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

    Posted by: Career | Dec 18, 2010 4:46:13 PM

  16. 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.

    Posted by: LetSodomRing | Dec 18, 2010 4:54:10 PM

  17. "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?

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Dec 18, 2010 4:58:25 PM

  18. 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.

    Posted by: Keith | Dec 18, 2010 5:06:35 PM

  19. 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.

    Posted by: loki7329 | Dec 18, 2010 5:08:26 PM

  20. 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.

    Posted by: Don't Look A Gift Horse.... | Dec 18, 2010 5:09:37 PM

  21. @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.

    Posted by: Keith | Dec 18, 2010 5:13:19 PM

  22. If Manchin's position is so clear why can't his spokesman tell us what it is? What a coward.

    Posted by: Karl | Dec 18, 2010 5:15:42 PM

  23. 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.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Dec 18, 2010 5:31:40 PM

  24. I'll be much more willing to register with the SSS when I turn 18 next month.

    Posted by: Miguel | Dec 18, 2010 5:47:14 PM

  25. Now comes the foot-dragging...

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 18, 2010 7:13:45 PM

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