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Gay Troops Cautiously Optimistic

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"Don't cry," a 21-year-old specialist, one of the lieutenant's confidants, told his boss jokingly when news broke that 65 senators had voted to repeal...

Jason Linkins

"Don't Ask Don't Tell" Repeal: This Day Has Finally Come | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For seventeen years, the military has had "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in place. We're talking about people who very easily could have opted out of serving their country -- and serving in a military that, at times, despised them, dishonored them, condoned their harassment, shrugged off their murder. Yet through it all, gay men and women kept right on signing up to serve in the military. Today, seventeen years after they began their mission, reinforcements have finally arrived.

Elise Foley

Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Passes Senate Procedural Vote | Elise Foley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 65-31 on Saturday to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell, defeating a 17-year policy of banning gay and lesbian service members f...

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Faces Senate Vote Today

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In a historic vote for gay rights, the Senate agreed on Saturday to do away with the military's 17-year ban on openly gay troops an...

GOP Senator Threatens Dems Over DADT Repeal

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

But on the Senate floor a few moments ago, Senator Bob Corker basically said this publicly: He said that moving forward with DADT "poisons the well" o...

Our Gay Commander-in-Chief

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

As "conservatives" scream and yell about gays in the military, they might remember that in all likelihood we have already had a gay Commander-in-Chief.

A Gay Soldier's Letter Before Leaving For Afghanistan

Jezebel | Anonymous Soldier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ed. note: this letter was first posted on and is reprinted with their permission. I'm writing letters to my loved ones in case I don't re...

Sam Stein

Harry Reid Pulls Omnibus, But Announces Votes On DADT & DREAM Act | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Faced with the prospects of having to literally read the full 1924 pages of an omnibus spending bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ...

Sen. McCain's Opposition to DADT Repeal Is Prejudiced, not Principled

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Senator John McCain, leader of efforts to block the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," disavows the possibility that he's motivated by prejudice, but there are at least five pieces of evidence that contradict this.

GOP Congressman: Gays In The Military Threaten America's 'Existence'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the heat of the debate over the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal bill, which was eventually passed by the House Wednesday by a 250 to 175 margin, Rep...

House Of Representatives Passes Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — For the second time this year the House voted to dismantle the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, giving the Senate a final...

Dan Choi Hospitalized

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, perhaps the most prominent face pioneering the effort to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on openly gay ...

House Plans To Vote On Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In a new showdown, the House this week will take up a bill that would overturn the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gay...

Discharged Gay Veterans Sue Government For Reinstatement

AP | LISA LEFF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — Three military veterans who were discharged under the law that prohibits gays from serving openly in uniform sued the government...

Amanda Terkel

Petraeus Aide: If Troops Don't Like DADT Repeal, They Should Leave The Service | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A senior aide to David Petraeus, commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, is out with a strong statement in support of repealing Don't A...

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal Picks Up Important Vote From Dem Senator

USA Today | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The bid to repeal the policy banning gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military just picked up an important vote....

Liz Cheney: 'It's Time' To Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Liz Cheney, a former State Department official and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, declared last week that "it's time" to end the m...

I'm Asking and I'm Telling

Abe Gurko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Abe Gurko

Nothing is more embarrassing than watching the news with all these old men bandying about the words "gay" and "homosexual." The possible repeal of Don...

Gay Birds Just Want to Serve Their Country, Too

Todd Hartley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Being neither Christian nor particularly conservative, I've never had any problems with homosexuals, so I may not be the most qualified person to opin...

Military Chaplains Voice 'Intense' Views On DADT

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service WASHINGTON -- A long-awaited report on the possible repeal of the military's ban on openly gay members says...

WATCH: Defense Secretary Warns GOP Senators They're Going Down A 'Dangerous Path' On DADT

The Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate held hearings this morning on the Pentagon's recently released report about the effects of repealing the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'...

McCain Flips Military the Bird

Aaron Belkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Belkin

Republicans are now revealing that they don't care what's good for the military, or about known facts regarding don't ask, don't tell and its effect on military cohesion and performance.

Amanda Terkel

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Hearings: Live Updates From Washington | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate Armed Services committee is holding hearings for the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on Thursday. Secretary of Defe...

Jason Linkins

Pentagon Study: Resistance To Racial Integration 'Far More Intense' Than To DADT Repeal | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Greg Sargent's evening read-out noted this highlight from the executive summary of the Pentagon's study of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," cited over at Daily...

Jason Linkins

DADT Repeal Opponents Come Up With Fresh Excuses Despite Study Results [UPDATE] | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today, Defense Secretary Robert Gates is "strongly urging" Congress to take up the matter of repealing the military's longstanding "Don't Ask Don't Te...