House Approves 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Bill 250-175


 The House late this afternoon passed a bill approving repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy by a vote of 250-175, with 15 Republicans joining 235 Democrats to say "yes" to the measure.

The measure now goes to the Senate.

Watch Reps. Patrick Murphy, Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, and Joe Sestak speak for the bill during debate, AFTER THE JUMP...

Obama released this statement following the vote:

I applaud the House for passing, with bipartisan support, the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010.  Legislative repeal is supported by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The process contained in this legislation allows for a smooth and responsible repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a way that maintains good order and discipline in our military ranks.   Indeed, all of the Service Chiefs have said that when this law is changed , they will implement an orderly transition effectively and efficiently.  As the comprehensive study by the Department of Defense clearly shows, we can move to a new policy in a responsible manner that ensures our military strength and our national security.   

I particularly want to thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Congressman Patrick Murphy for their leadership on this issue.  I have consistently called for the repeal of this law.  Moving forward with the repeal is not only the right thing to do, it will also give our military the clarity and certainty it deserves.  We must ensure that Americans who are willing to risk their lives for their country are treated fairly and equally by their country.

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  1. Is it true that Obama just asked Rick Warren to lead a special prayer service over the congressional DADT proceedings?

    Posted by: candide | Dec 15, 2010 2:47:31 PM

  2. Wow. Only 3 GOP votes.

    What a proud moment for Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud members from coast to coast.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 15, 2010 2:55:14 PM

  3. The great irony may be that DADT repeal is passed as a stand alone bill, when for the whole year people thought the only way it could get passed is if it was tucked into the Defense Authorization Bill.

    Posted by: Mike C. | Dec 15, 2010 3:00:49 PM

  4. One after another, GOP representatives from the liberal states are yielding their time to their brother bigots from the "heart"land. Too timid to speak their own minds -- and alienate their constituents -- these cowards are letting others do the dirty work.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 15, 2010 4:43:06 PM

  5. When Pelosi said an army of allies was waiting to pass this thing she wasn't lying!

    Posted by: Kade | Dec 15, 2010 5:08:49 PM

  6. as if we needed any reminder that Republicans suck ass.

    Posted by: jersey | Dec 15, 2010 5:17:06 PM

  7. 147-14 (so far).
    Yeah, the GOP would get a lot done for the lgbt community over the next two years.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Dec 15, 2010 5:17:54 PM

  8. Woot!! I think it passed! Does it go to the Senate now?

    Posted by: lessthan | Dec 15, 2010 5:24:27 PM

  9. can't wait to see Boehner cry over this!

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Dec 15, 2010 5:27:11 PM

  10. 58% of the House voted for it. That's basically how many votes they have in the Senate...

    Who are the 15 GOPs and the bigoted Dems?

    Posted by: Tyler | Dec 15, 2010 5:29:27 PM

  11. We clearly see were the parties stand. We must be prepared to work our asses off in the 2012 elections. We need to reach out to all our families and friends to make certain they clearly understand how important the election is to us. Votes Votes Votes Votes !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted by: Tom | Dec 15, 2010 5:39:08 PM

  12. We need to publish the names of all who voted against this so we do not let them forget!

    Republican politicians are so HOMOPHOBIC and get away with it becuase the general public doesn't pay attention. We need to grassroots remind the public at every turn who these anti-equality folks are!

    Posted by: steve | Dec 15, 2010 5:43:29 PM

  13. Will somebody link to a roll call of the votes? I want to know which House Democrats voted against the bill.

    Posted by: Jeff | Dec 15, 2010 5:45:33 PM

  14. "Who are the 15 GOPs and the bigoted Dems?"

    Looks like the website of the Clerk of the House is being swamped with people trying to find that out.

    Can't get to the site.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 15, 2010 5:45:36 PM

  15. Here's the roll call:

    Someday the U.S. Congress will join the world in the data revolution. Until then, you have to play by their silly rules. I swear, they purposely make it difficult to see who is who.

    Posted by: BobN | Dec 15, 2010 5:49:07 PM

  16. Republican supporters:
    Judy Biggert - Illinois 13
    Mary Bono Mack - California 45
    John B. T. Campbell III - California 48
    Joseph Cao - Louisiana 2
    Michael Castle - Delaware
    Charlie Dent - Pennsylvania 15
    Lincoln Diaz-Balart - Florida 21
    Charles Djou - Hawaii 1
    David Dreier - California 26
    Vern Ehlers - Michigan 3
    Jeff Flake - Arizona 6
    Ron Paul - Texas 14
    Todd Russell Platts - Pennsylvania 19
    Dave Reichert - Washington 8
    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen - Florida 18

    Posted by: Chris | Dec 15, 2010 6:01:09 PM

  17. You Marxists don't care about gay people nor about gay people in an institution like the Military. Most of you Marxist liberals (and you know who you are) HATE the military, hate White Males (who are the MAJORITY in combat units in the Marine Corps), hate, hate, hate.

    And the ONLY and by all means the only DAMN REASON why you Marxists even care about DADT and the military in this case is to GET BACK and ATTACK your political enemies:

    "Wow. Only 3 GOP votes.

    What a proud moment for Log Cabin Republicans and GOProud members from coast to coast."

    Why attack other gays? Because they are not culture killing, economy killing, leftist Marxist like you?

    This is not about gay soldiers to the eyes of a Leftist, this is about DEFEATING the Log Cabin, and THAT'S IT.

    Meanwhile, regular fair minded gays (the MAJORITY of us), who hail this vote don't care WHO does it, as long as they do it. Many of them (who are NOT Marxist or Leftist) are actually considering joining the Military, unlike the MAJORITY of you lefties.

    Posted by: pepa | Dec 15, 2010 6:11:12 PM

  18. Again, this is politics as usual. 250 in support vs 175 against. Does anyone believe this will sail through the senate? I don't think so. Assuming it fails again, it's going to be a LONG TIME before this works through the courts.
    To Mr. Obama, regardless of the rights hate for you, you're silence has forever turned me away.I'll never give $$ or support to a republican, and regardless of anything you do, you will never have my vote.
    To the ones that want to say "It wasn't Obama's fault", ask yourselfs "what has he done for our community"?
    My answer; he had his top cop, Eric Holder, Attorney General, file a stay on DADT.
    But just wait, Obama will come knocking on the gay community's door in 2011-12.

    Posted by: JM | Dec 15, 2010 6:14:07 PM

  19. Interesting list of Dems who voted "no" - they are Southerners - 13 to 2 (including Missouri and West Virginia as southern states). And by a count of 6 to 9, they are NOT re-elected to the next Congress. So, the list of "no" Democratic votes should be down to about 6 on these types of issues for the future.

    Posted by: Craig | Dec 15, 2010 6:22:49 PM

  20. Jim


    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 15, 2010 6:27:15 PM

  21. "147-14 (so far).
    Yeah, the GOP would get a lot done for the lgbt community over the next two years."

    Again, why the POLOTICS?

    This party versus that party... this and that...

    You libs could give a damn about gay people.

    It's already been TWO YEARS with a socialist/Marxist democratic congress and White House. So let me be clear: DON'T ASK DON'T TELL IS STILL LAW, DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT IS STILL LAW, BI-NATIONAL COUPLES HAVE NO IMMIGRATION RIGHTS, and oh yeah, whatever happened to that ENDA thing? I thought Daffy Duck Mr. Gay Cheap-o-don't-want-to-spend-a-dollar-on-a-ferry-ride- Aunt Barney had his paws all over that one...

    If its fair to blame one party it is fair to blame the other one WHO IS CURRENTLY IN POWER.

    Did you get that you libs?

    Posted by: pepa | Dec 15, 2010 6:39:01 PM

  22. just really sux that lt. choi had to practically kill himself to get to this stage of the game.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 15, 2010 6:50:37 PM

  23. oh, and pepa? you're an ignoramus, douchebaggy cuntard who needs to go somewhere else to spew her hate.

    Posted by: alguien | Dec 15, 2010 6:51:54 PM

  24. I'm so glad for everybody who took us this far!

    Posted by: Brenda | Dec 15, 2010 7:01:22 PM

  25. Ignore "Pepa" - intellectual dishonesty deserves no reply. Socialist/Marxist? Really? Exactly. Thank you, Fox News ;-)

    The repeal will happen. Thanks to Liberals.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Dec 15, 2010 7:05:56 PM

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