**UPDATE – 10:18PM – House passes DADT repeal amendment – 234-194. Newest Congressman Djou (R-HI), endorsed by GOProud, voted in favor of repeal. GOP votes in favor were Cao, Djou, Biggert, Ros-Lehtinen, Paul. 26 Democrats voted against repeal. The roll call of the vote will (eventually) appear at THIS LINK. (h/t – AllahPundit)
Damn! As I said on Twitter…..
… if the Congress would only secure our borders as quick as they are moving on #DADT.
… imagine if Obama found the ability not to lie as quickly as Congress is moving on #DADT !!!
Anyway, I’m glad this Clinton-era, legislated discrimination is on the pathway to repeal. Earlier this afternoon, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to move toward repeal of DADT.
Senators took the first step toward allowing gays to serve openly in the military Thursday evening, with a panel voting 16-12 to approve an amendment to the Defense authorization bill that would repeal the don’t ask don’t tell policy.
“Today’s action by the Senate Armed Services Committee is an important step to end this discriminatory policy,” said Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) the panel’s chairman, who described debate on the amendment as “lively.”
The amendment was the most-watched part of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s mark up of its annual defense bill, which also passed Thursday evening.
The bill was soundly opposed by the Republicans on the committee and Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.), who explained in a statement that he didn’t want to repeal the ban while the Pentagon is in the midst of reviewing how it should implement the change.
The White House and the Pentagon both approved a compromise contained in the amendment that allowed Congress to act, while granting the President, the defense secretary and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff the ultimate authority to implement repeal when they were satisfied that the military’s readiness, recruiting, retention and morale would not be adversely impacted by the shift in policy.
And now, suddenly Speaker Pelosi (who voted for the Clinton-signed DADT law originally) is hammering a vote through the House tonight with nearly no time for debate. Tyranny rocks! That Constitution is such an old, worn out thing — ain’t it, Nancy?
In all seriousness, I am pleased at this momentum — though there is much more to go before a repeal is complete.
But also in all seriousness — have you EVER seen Washington move this quickly on ANYTHING? There must be a lot of Homolobbying going on behind closed doors!