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Timothy Kincaid

December 18th, 2010

There are many many people to whom we owe appreciation for the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: The President, many gay advocates and lobbyists, media who scrutinized and asked tough questions, Senators who steadfastly supported us, the Senate Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, and even anti-gay activists whose wackiness and obsessive hatred galvanized support for our cause.

But there are two people without whom we really could not have achieved this goal. When everything seemed impossible, they broke expectations and took the unexpected route: the path which, against all political rules, led to success.

Our community has at times been frustrated with Senator Lieberman and disappointed with Senator Collins. But today, they are heroes.



Lindoro Almaviva
December 18th, 2010 | LINK

Countdown to HRC including themselves into the group who worked “relentlessly to see this repeal a reality.”

Countdown to the award dinner (at hundreds of $$ a plate, of course) in which HRC will seek to rub elbows with these people and will want to use their hard battle to make money off us.

December 18th, 2010 | LINK

Where were they on the Zaproder bill? Where were they to help the first responders? Trash. They saw this as an easy victory or they would have done nothing.

December 19th, 2010 | LINK

I will be making several phone calls on Monday thanking our Congressmen in both chambers!

Noah M
December 19th, 2010 | LINK

I share your enthusiastic praise of the two senators from New England however; I believe our most prolific hero is Rep. Patrick Murphy. He brought the stand-alone bill to the House of Representatives. His unwavering support throughout this hard fought civil rights endeavor must be recognized and rewarded despite his recent election loss. We have lost a true friend in government with his election defeat. I hope he is recognized in history as one of our most fierce advocates. Rep. Patrick Murphy is a true hero.

December 19th, 2010 | LINK

There are so many people in Congress to thank. I was so surprised that so many Republican senators voted for repeal. I even wrote a note thanking my Republican member of Congress, Dave Reichert for his positive vote this week.

Jason D
December 19th, 2010 | LINK

I also want to thank Lady Gaga and Lt. Dan Choi, Autumn Sandeen(I do not know her rank) and all the other DADT repeal activists who kept this issue alive and in the public discourse.

Paul J. Stein
December 19th, 2010 | LINK

Thanks George Voinovich! He voted his last vote against the “PARTY VOTING LINE”. He never did get along with the party too well.Bush screwed him in his first term and after that he was a bit…pissed. Ok, Now what is on the list?

Dave in Northridge
December 19th, 2010 | LINK

Senators Lieberman and Collins? I think we’re setting the bar MUCH too low here. I’m much more interested in the congresscritters who vote in favor of the rights of Americans all the time.

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