The Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Many folks are curious about the effect of the repeal of DADT. Here’s the text of the bill signed by President Obama:

H.R.2965 — Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (Enrolled Bill [Final as Passed Both House and Senate] – ENR)



One Hundred Eleventh Congress

of the

United States of America

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,

the fifth day of January, two thousand and ten

An Act

To amend the Small Business Act with respect to the Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Small Business Technology Transfer Program, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010′.

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(Updated) DADT vote in the Senate — REPEALED!!

UPDATE:  With a vote of 65 to 31, the odious policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell has been REPEALED.  All service members will now serve their country completely honorably.  This is a great day in America!

On this historic day, December 18, 2010, having gotten past the intransigent Senate filibuster of EVERYTHING, the odious policy of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will come up for a vote.

A little background first. Prior to President Reagan, the policy had been that “homosexual conduct was inconsistent with military standards.” It was okay to be gay provided you didn’t do anything that was gay. Under Reagan, this was changed to “Homosexuality is inconsistent with military standards.” Now you couldn’t even be gay even if you were celibate your entire term of service. (There was actually a Senator who, during the DADT debate hearings, thought that it would be impossible for gay people to be celibate for four years. This same Senator was once married to Elizabeth Taylor. Go figure.)

The current policy concerning homosexuality in the military can be found here. Rep Patrick Murphy’s bill ( found here ) would not so much repeal DADT, but repeals Section 654 entirely. In other words, there would be no policy at all concerning gays serving in the military. There are already military rules against public displays of affection in uniform, and that would not change. So the idea that gays will start making out while in uniform is just plain wrong. They wouldn’t make out in uniform any more than straight people would. Passage of this law would repeal the “Policy concerning homosexuality in the armed forces.” Which would mean that being gay would not be an issue in and of itself.

Please join us in the comments section and watch the vote with us here.

Gaypocalypse Now..

From TPM:

Jon Stewart last night lampooned Sen. John McCain’s (R-AZ) on his continued stalwart opposition to repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, even after the Pentagon released its review indicating that a repeal of the ban on openly gay men and women would have little to no effect on military readiness.”McCain’s like one of them Japanese soldiers living on Okinawa in 1949, still fighting because he doesn’t realize the war ended a long time ago,” Stewart said. “And, for some reason, even though he’s been alone for years and years on this island, doesn’t like gay people.”

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TDS: It Gets Worse PSA

From The Daily Show last night:

Senator McCain, we know you’re going through a tough time with this “don’t ask, don’t tell” thing, but trust us, it gets worse.

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Last night Rachel Maddow also did a segment on the views—and their are many—of John McCain. Her question at the end? Why does ANYONE listen to ANYTHING John McCain has to say on ANY subject.. Wait 5 minutes and he’ll say something different, taking a totally different stance.. The incoherence and hypocrisy demonstrated by John McCain is absolutely astounding..

Senator John McCain versus Senator John McCain

Great job of putting this segment together Rachel. Brilliant!

“Tomorrow is zero hour.”

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell doesn’t work, but in this video Nathaniel Frank, who authored a book about exactly how big a failure DADT has been, called “Unfriendly Fire,” had this tidbit to share with Jon:

On September 10, 2001, the U.S. Governmant intercepted a cable that said, “Tomorrow is zero hour.”  It wasn’t translated until September 12, because we didn’t have enough Arab linguists.

According to Mr Frank, there have been over 12,000 servicemembers lost due to DADT.  Eight hundred of those were deemed “mission critical” by the government, and 55 were Arab linguists.

I guess we can add the victims of 9/11 onto the high cost of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  It’s time to get rid of this no good, very bad, sucks to high heaven policy.

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