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House passes standalone DADT repeal

Timothy Kincaid

December 15th, 2010

The House of Representatives has just voted to repeal the Military’s anti-gay Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy by a vote of 250 to 175.

Democrats:
235 Yes
15 No
5 Not Voting

Republicans:
15 Yes
160 No
4 Not Voting

Unlike the defense bill, there are no other issues on which to hang one’s vote, and appeals to “not the right time” have the same moral weight as the more blatant “My constituents don’t like gay people.” This is purely a vote on whether gay people should be accorded the same rights as other Americans, and history should take careful note of the names of those who sided with inequality.

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Matt
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

In order to take note of those names, could you post the Republicans who voted for repeal, and the Dems who voted against, when they become available? Thank you.

IamPosterity
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

Dear Senate,

Last chance to work for the country instead of against it.

Your Boss,
An American Citizen

Edwin
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

It would be very interisting to see who voted against it. They might need to start looking for new job’s.

Chris McCoy
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

H.R. 6520.

The Government’s website is usually a little slower than other media outlets.

palerobber
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

roll call can be found here.

btw, unless there was a clerical error, Jeff Flake (R-AZ) voted for repeal, despite having voted against the Patrick amendment earlier this year.

tim
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

@edwin

Voting for it or against it will not impact a single congresspersons job – pro or con.

Chris McCoy
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

Oops. That 2nd link in my previous comment should be this.

palerobber
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

dems voting against:
Boren (OK-02)
Bright (AL-02) defeated
Childers (MS-01) defeated
Critz (PA-12)
Davis (AL-07) retiring
Davis (TN-04) defeated
Marshall (GA-08) defeated
McIntyre (NC-07)
Ortiz (TX-27) defeated
Peterson (MN-07)
Rahall (WV-03)
Ross (AR-04)
Skelton (MO-04) defeated
Tanner (TN-08) retiring
Taylor (MS-04) defeated

Dan
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

I’d be interested in knowing how this vote compares with the previous vote on the military appropriations bill with DADT repeal attached. The could give us an indication of the stand-alone bill’s chances in the Senate.

CB
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

Not much of a surprise on the Dems voting against it. Majority are from the South (which is strongly Republican and bigoted). Missouri and Minnesota sit on the fence, but surprising was Pennsylvania, which I thought was a Dem stronghold.

John Hughes
December 15th, 2010 | LINK

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John
December 16th, 2010 | LINK

Palerobber: Do you happen to have the list of Republicans who voted for it and also which of those were defeated or retired? Thanks!

RWG
December 16th, 2010 | LINK

@CB: James Carville, the Democratic political strategist and commentator once described Pennsylvania as “Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with Alabama in between.” That’s fairly accurate.

justsearching
December 16th, 2010 | LINK

Here’s a more helpful run-down of the votes: http://politics.nytimes.com/congress/votes/111/house/2/638?ref=politics

palerobber
December 16th, 2010 | LINK

@Dan

this stand alone bill got 21 more yea votes that the defense authorization bill with repeal included.

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