In a landmark vote for gay rights, the Senate on Saturday voted to advance legislation that would overturn the military ban on openly gay troops known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The 63-33 test vote all but guarantees the legislation will pass the Senate, possibly by day’s end, and reach the president’s desk before the new year.

The House had passed an identical version of the bill, 250-174, earlier this week.


I wonder if the teabaggers, when they “take over,” are going to try to undo this. No reason they should, and in fact, this is ironically a very conservative position, as is supporting gay marriage. I mean really, why should gays get out of the draft (if we had a draft) or avoid the marriage penalty (whatever that is exactly).

“As Barry Goldwater said, ‘You don’t have to be straight to shoot straight,”‘ said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., referring to the late GOP senator from Arizona.

It will take a few months for this to take effect.

McCain has threatened that payment will be exacted.

He blamed elite liberals with no military experience for pushing their social agenda on troops during wartime.

“They will do what is asked of them,” McCain said of service members. “But don’t think there won’t be a great cost.”

And now, I think, it is time for James Amos to retire.

Amos has said he thinks lifting the ban during wartime could cost lives.

“I don’t want to lose any Marines to the distraction,” he told reporters this week. “I don’t want to have any Marines that I’m visiting at Bethesda (Naval Medical Center) with no legs be the result of any type of distraction.”

Ninety-two percent of troops do not think there is a “distraction” and the joint chiefs agree. Comandant G. Amos is out of line.

See also: Ending Military’s Gay Ban Lets Obama Fulfill Another Clinton Promise

And for everybody who blathered angerly about the Justice Department (thus Obama’s Administration) going to bat in favor of the DADT law, I refer you to Barney Frank.


  1. #1 daedalus2u
    December 18, 2010

    Maybe the homophobic bigotry can now be used to rein in military spending.

  2. #2 Phillip IV
    December 18, 2010

    Well, I said I would say it, so hear goes: “Thank you, Sen. Joe Lieberman.”

    McCain quoted Amos’s drivel on the floor today, and remarkably managed to turn it into something even more incoherent:

    The Commandant of the United States Marine Coprs says when your life hangs on the line, you don’t want anything distracting it. Mistakes or inattention or distraction cost Marines’ lives. I don’t want to permit that opportunity to happen and I’ll tell you why. You go up to Bethesday Naval Hospital. Marines are up there with no legs. None. You’ve got Marines at Walter Reed with no limbs.

    His incoherent rage and all of the desperate last-minute ploys the Republicans pulled out of their nether orifices seem to indicate the social conservatives are seeing this as a massive strategic hit to their base. Let’s hope they’re right on that.

  3. #3 Azkyroth
    December 18, 2010

    Huh. I guess Lieberman’s good for something after all.

  4. #4 Cain
    December 18, 2010

    The schadenfreude hasn’t been this good since election night 08.;page=51

  5. #5 Mike Haubrich
    December 18, 2010

    McCain said that we would be in a perpetual war, so he doesn’t think that repeal should ever happen.

  6. #6 Kassul
    December 18, 2010

    I’d be rather distracted during war with the worry that perhaps the fellow driving the vehicle I’m in might get raptured away any second now leaving us to drive into a wall or people or wall of people.

    I say we ban anyone that thinks they might get raptured from serving in the military, wouldn’t want to distract me now would we?

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    December 18, 2010


  8. #8 Jason
    December 18, 2010

    Nicely done if you’re a Poe General. It doesn’t seem homophobic enough for a Poe on this topic, but it has the incoherent gibbering just about perfect.

  9. #9 Edith
    December 18, 2010

    What was John McCain distracted by the time he crashed his airplane into a bunch of other planes on a carrier? Or was that George Bush.

  10. #10 MadScientist
    December 19, 2010

    So McCain thinks that each soldier will be too busy watching his own ass because of concerns that the soldier behind is watching their ass in the wrong way and that would cause them to miss spotting the enemy or something. I’ve heard a lot of rumors about whether or not McCain’s claims of torture etc. are real or only there to puff up his image, but McCain’s statements on DADT make me wonder if he ever really did serve or if his whole Vietnam record was just one big conspiracy.