via Huffington Post
This is nowhere near done, as the Republicans, led by John McCain, are looking for any excuse to turn this at Democrats in the 2010 elections.
… The House vote was 234 to 194, with 229 Democrats and 5 Republicans in favor, after an emotionally charged debate. Opposed were 168 Republicans and 26 Democrats.
[…] Separately on Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a similar measure allowing the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
[…] Like the House amendment, the Senate measure would allow Pentagon leaders to revoke the ban 60 days after the military study group completes its report and Mr. Obama, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, certify that it will not hamper military readiness and effectiveness or “unit cohesion.”
Mr. Obama and Mr. Gates favor repealing the ban, as does Admiral Mullen, who, in testimony before the Armed Services Committee in February, called for a repeal.
But chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have objected. …
Sen. James Webb, my senator, voted against the measure, with Sen. Joe Lieberman leading the charge to repeal DADT.
Ass of the hour was Rep. Mike Pence who said, “to advance a liberal social agenda” and demanded that Congress “put its priorities in order.”
Yeah, because giving men and women who are fighting and dying for their country equal rights and full freedoms it just, you know, whacked. Honestly, where do the Republicans get these cretins?
Thanks to Rep. Patrick Murphy, who muscled this one through for the troops, along with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s leadership. That it’s happening near Memorial Day weekend makes me weak in the knees.