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article imageDon't Ask, Don't Tell repealed by Senate

By Matt Harding     Dec 18, 2010 in Politics
In a landmark decision, the United States Senate has repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that has been in place since 1993.
On Saturday, December 18, 2010, the Senate repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) in a 65-31 vote. With all of the Democrats voting to repeal, only eight of the 43 Republican Senators voted to repeal DADT.
Two Republicans who voted "yes" to repeal DADT include Scott Brown (Mass.) and Lisa Murkowski (AK). Senator John McCain of Arizona, however, was displeased with its repeal. The 2008 presidential candidate has been vehemently opposed to the repeal of DADT.
"Today is a very sad day," said McCain. The former Navy Veteran stresses that allowing gays to serve openly in the military would prove a potentially deadly distraction.
Rallies to repeal DADT had been popping up everywhere during the past few months. Activists for the repeal include Lady Gaga, Kathy Griffin, and of course, Democrats and gay rights groups all across the nation.
Gaga posted on her Facebook today, "Can't hold back the tears+pride. We did it! Our voice was heard + today the Senate REPEALED DADT. A triumph for equality after 17 YEARS."
President Barack Obama will sign the bill into law next week, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said in a Twitter post moments after the historic Senate vote.
The president said, moments after the vote, "As commander in chief, I am also absolutely convinced that making this change will only underscore the professionalism of our troops as the best led and best trained fighting force the world has ever known."
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