Well isn’t that just lovely news: The House voted 234-194 to approve a DADT repeal with the “compromise” language (26 Democrats opposed the bill), while five Republicans joined, and the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to approve it, sending the bill to the full Senate for a vote, likely next month. Congratulations to all of our lawmakers for voting to not end gay soldier dismissals any earlier than expected!
Says the president in a statement: “I have long advocated that we repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, and I am pleased that both the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee took important bipartisan steps toward repeal tonight. Key to successful repeal will be the ongoing Defense Department review, and as such I am grateful that the amendments offered by Representative Patrick Murphy and Senators Joseph Lieberman and Carl Levin that passed today will ensure that the Department of Defense can complete that comprehensive review that will allow our military and their families the opportunity to inform and shape the implementation process. Our military is made up of the best and bravest men and women in our nation, and my greatest honor is leading them as Commander-in-Chief. This legislation will help make our Armed Forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity.”
Oh give it a rest, Obama. You did not want this to happen. Nobody believes your spin. Except, uh, the Associated Press: “Obama and leading Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had actively supported the repeal so that gays could serve in the military without fear of being exposed and discharged.”