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. The Pink Mafia ellen Degenerate types are taking America apart one brick at a time. By December of 2012 we just might be done. Burn their flag at every-chance. Burn their Flag at every-chance.

    Posted by: EddieGin | Dec 15, 2010 7:34:19 PM

  2. RE: EddieGin
    I'm dumbfounded how people can arrive at the conclusions they do. How do we legally prohibit these people from voting? Surely, there's a doctor somewhere that see they are a danger to themselves and others ...

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Dec 15, 2010 7:45:17 PM

  3. The 15 Republicans that voted yes are familiar names: Republicans Ron Paul, Jeff Flake, a maverick Republican from Arizona, John Campbell (from Laguna Beach). Mary Bono Mack is from Palm Springs.

    Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is a rare Republican ally, she's from Key West.

    Todd Platts from central Pennsylvania and Charlie Dent from the Lehigh Valley have good GLBT voting records.

    Vernon Ehlers is from Michigan (Grand Rapids I believe).

    David Dreier from California has been rumored to be gay himself for years.

    Posted by: sysm29 | Dec 15, 2010 8:44:53 PM

  4. The rights of homosexuals serving in the military were hijacked by tax cuts. Our friends are ugly but the enemy is way uglier.

    Posted by: frank | Dec 15, 2010 9:31:56 PM

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

    And which oven would you like me to jump into My Fuhrer?

    Stupid liberal fascists. And they claim the moral "tolerant" high ground.


    Posted by: pepa | Dec 15, 2010 9:33:37 PM

  6. As a Pinko Socialist liberal, i say RIGHT ON!!! Glad to see America actually living up to its promise of equal treatment for all...something the useless teabaggers and RepubliKKKans rarely do.

    Posted by: Garyghost | Dec 15, 2010 9:38:42 PM

  7. "As a Pinko Socialist liberal, i say RIGHT ON!!! Glad to see America actually living up to its promise of equal treatment for all...something the useless teabaggers and RepubliKKKans rarely do."

    And you certainly sound like a Pinko Socialist liberal. Don't worry we believe you. The droneness is apparent and clear. I mean you scum are just like locus, you spread everywhere like cancer, hence why our country is in the financial shape it is today.

    Posted by: pepa | Dec 15, 2010 9:50:01 PM

  8. wow, pepa's detachment from reality is scary. and you clearly don't understand what led up to the financial crisis in the first place.

    Posted by: Rob | Dec 15, 2010 10:55:32 PM

  9. @Rob

    He's a tea bagger from Arizona.

    They are hardcore insane.

    Even the folks in Utah is rational by comparison.

    Posted by: John | Dec 15, 2010 11:22:33 PM

  10. why is obama only speaks only after the vote?
    he is either happy or sad on the results maybe if he was more forceful before the vote things would go better? didn;t they ask him to apply pressure and use the bully pulpit? fierce advocate liten to some of the congressmen and find out what a fierce advocate is. Adm Mullen has voiced stronger support than obama

    Posted by: walter | Dec 15, 2010 11:26:21 PM

  11. Republicans suck ass and Republicans are the enemy. However, I must say thank you to the 15 Republicans who stood on the right side of history.

    Posted by: IndyTown | Dec 15, 2010 11:59:51 PM

  12. " and you clearly don't understand what led up to the financial crisis in the first place."

    Yes it was corporate communism, that Bush Jr started and that Obama is now continuing.

    But I am perplexed as to way you Marxists hated Bush. He gave you what you wanted. You Marxists wanted people to get mortgages that they couldn't afford and the greedy parasites on Walls Street and the Fed took advantage of that.

    That should sum it up. I'm not going to write paragraphs upon paragraphs like some liberal wanna-be professors do on here on a constant basis. But the truth is you don't care about the truth, you just want to attack those who actually pay taxes and invest and produce in this country.

    Posted by: pepa | Dec 16, 2010 12:37:07 AM

  13. "He's a tea bagger from Arizona."

    Boy you libs, I mean Marxists, are VERY intelligent. My jaw dropped to the floor with amazement to your intellect. LOL.

    Please! *motioning hand in a masturbatory manner*

    Teabagger this, teabagger that! Is that all you stupid hacks can dribble out of your god forsaken mouths? Is that it? Too predictable. Too stupid. But what can I expect from degenerate cockroaches and mental patients like you? Is that the best you can pull from your Karl Marx handbook? LOL.

    "They are hardcore insane."

    The Constitution is insane? Natural rights is insane? Freedom is insane? Small government is insane?

    What is insane is that gays pay you Marxists to get things done and all you do is fart against the wind, and check each other's cock sizes, while gay soldiers are left in the dust.

    God bless Dan Choi and our soldiers.

    To hell with you limp-wristed, selfish, puny, promiscuous, diseases infested, ideologues.

    Posted by: pepa | Dec 16, 2010 12:47:56 AM

  14. Is Pepa Choi?

    Posted by: Rowan | Dec 16, 2010 1:29:50 AM

  15. LOL@rowan! You're about as funny as aids, but that was hilarious.

    Posted by: TANK | Dec 16, 2010 1:53:08 AM

  16. NYT has a good view of the geography of the vote:

    Posted by: Ben | Dec 16, 2010 2:05:49 AM

  17. Anybody else notice the erroneous caption of Rep Christopher Murphy instead of Patrick Murphy?

    Posted by: Eric Axelson | Dec 16, 2010 2:34:12 PM

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