On December 18, 2010, the Senate voted to end debate on S.4023, the Senate’s bill identical to H.R.2965, via a cloture vote of 63-33. Prior to the vote, Sen. Lieberman gave the final argument in favor of repealing DADT and Sen. McCain argued against repeal. The final Senate vote was held later that same day, with the measure passing by a vote of 65-31. President Obama is expected to sign the repeal into law on December 22, 2010.
Finally, it has been signed and now all the hard work that has been done by so many will pay off…..the problem is that the Pentagon has to come up with a plan and in 60 days or more before it will be officially over…..DADT will remain in force until then….
I personally did not think that this would happen in this Congress….that gays would have to wait for a more liberal time……I was mistaken….with that said……
The game is afoot!
Just yesterday I had a comment on a fdriend’s blog, Why We Worry, (blogroll will get you to this good and informative site) that I expect the GOP to play games with the repeal…and I did not have to wait long, at all…….
Delegate Robert G. Marshall said the Constitution reserves states with the authority to do so and that he’ll introduce a bill in the state General Assembly next year that ensures the “the effect of the 1994 federal law banning active homosexuals from America’s military forces will apply to the Virginia National Guard.”“With the repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ President Obama seeks to pay back his homosexual political supporters,” the Prince William County Republican said, echoing a sentiment shared by many of the repeal’s most ardent opponents. “This policy will weaken military recruitment and retention, and will increase pressure for a military draft.”“The Constitution never would have been ratified if states were not [guaranteed] unqualified control of the militia, now called the National Guard,” he said.