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Watch: Behind the Scenes Of the Signing Of The DADT Repeal

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The White House has just released this video of the signing of the repeal of DADT into law. Watch the clip, which features inetrviews with Representative Patrick Murphy and discharged Army Captain Jonathan Hopkins, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. It's no accident that this video which ends with the President saying, "This is done," was produced by the White House. Words alone have fooled The Gays so many times.

    The fact is only the BILL SIGNING is "done" while an unequivocal end to discharges and "open service" with the same legal protections as others in the military has yet to happen—and they refuse to say when they will.

    Why are patriotic gay American service members having to spend another single day, another Christmas, another New Year's, in silence when $9 million "study" showed the majority of nongay service members would have no problem with open service period....NOT just open service "AFTER education; AFTER paperwork is updated; AFTER months, AFTER a year....."?

    And the elected hero of the bill's passage was Patrick Murphy not Barack Obama whom Senate Armed Services Committee Chair Carl Levin was still looking for help from a WEEK before final passage.

    Posted by: Michael@LeonardMatlovich.com | Dec 29, 2010 4:26:52 PM


  2. The thing is of course that Barak Obama still thinks of you and me as not worthy of marriage. His urge to feel superior to gay people is so strong that he would deny them basic human rights based on his prejudice. Over and over as it turns out. Sorry just can't get behind someone like that.

    Posted by: Mike K | Dec 29, 2010 4:37:57 PM


  3. Congressman Patrick Murphy worked tirelessly sponsoring and promoting this bill.

    Unfortunately, it cost him his re-election.

    Sad commentary on a lot of Pennsylvanians.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 29, 2010 5:05:55 PM


  4. So you're going to get behind Mike Huckabee?

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Dec 29, 2010 5:06:17 PM


  5. Sure it's a great piece of White House propaganda but it's also great to know for once the system worked in our favor.

    Posted by: jaragon | Dec 29, 2010 6:05:06 PM


  6. congrats guys, even a win like dadt, and doma repeal moving to the front burner, we are about to walk away from the kitchen at the end of january thanks to all those that stayed home in november. remember this, i wont forget how easily the right wing media and neo cons were able to drive a wedge between progressive leaders and lgbt voters. a little reasonable doubt loaded with our own pessimistic counter-productive impatience created the perfect storm to disarm future pro lgbt legislation.

    Posted by: mld | Dec 29, 2010 6:08:03 PM


  7. representative patrick murphy is an equality rockstar. I am so glad we had him on our side...even though it may have cost him his reelection. regardless, this guy has integrity and I predict he will go places.

    Posted by: JoeInSF | Dec 29, 2010 6:12:19 PM


  8. Let's just imagine the White House propaganda that would be coming out if it wasn't Barack Obama.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Dec 29, 2010 7:48:03 PM


  9. Would you bitter fools lighten up for once in your life? It must be hard to go through life fighting even those who want to help. SMH. Thank you, President Obama for working tirelessly behind the scenes and keeping your word to get this done.

    Posted by: IndyTown | Dec 29, 2010 10:36:01 PM


  10. Any progress is progress, and we must be grateful for it.

    Posted by: ophu | Dec 30, 2010 12:16:02 AM


  11. Any progress is progress, and we must be grateful for it.

    Posted by: ophu | Dec 30, 2010 12:18:03 AM


  12. "Any progress is progress, and we must be grateful for it." -Ophu

    Here, here!

    Posted by: Jedi | Dec 30, 2010 7:04:24 AM


  13. THANK YOU PATRICK MURPHY!
    YOU ARE THE TRUE HERO WHO HELPED WIN THIS FIGHT.

    We can never repay you for your courage and sacrifice on our behalf and in defense of our country. Please know that we are forever grateful.

    Posted by: TruthSeeker_Two | Dec 30, 2010 10:32:21 AM


  14. "Any progress is progress, and we must be grateful for it." Ophu Here here. what we have to remember there are some bitter queens that frequent this site. I would wager that many of them would not know good cheer if it were to hit them in the head.Better yet these are the same people that profess to know what goes on behind closed doors.

    Posted by: hassia | Dec 30, 2010 10:36:40 AM


  15. While I agree there is much to do with regards to open (and equal) service in the military to denigrate this huge step in the right direction is truly getting tiresome. Had John McCain (and that nut job Sarah Palin) been in the White House where would we be? Absolutely no where is where!

    So while (some of) you whine I'm thankful that (at least) we are heading in the right direction. Of course, if (true) implementation gets bogged down we should shout them all down but until then I will praise those leaders (Patrick Murphy chief among them) who got us started on the path to full repeal.

    Posted by: robertmalcolm | Dec 30, 2010 1:39:48 PM


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