House votes to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”; Courage Campaign to host conf. call with Rep. Patrick Murphy

December 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm 106 comments

By Adam Bink

Just now, the House voted to pass legislation repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. The vote count was 250-175, with 9 not voting. We got 10 more Republicans voting yea than in May, with 16 more yea votes overall than in May. I’ll have a full list of the yeas and nays when it’s available.

Tonight at 4 PM PST/7 PM EST, Courage Campaign will be hosting a post-vote strategy conference call with Rep. Patrick Murphy, an Iraq veteran and the lead sponsor and advocate in the House, to discuss the most important next steps for advocates and what the landscape looks like in the Senate. And you’re all invited! Click here to obtain the call-in number.

I will be updating this post with reactions and further info on the timeline. One good update- Sen. Snowe announced she will vote to repeal DADT.

See you on the call!

Update 1: In terms of the 15 Republicans who voted aye compared to 5 in May, we picked up Bono Mack, Campbell, Castle, Dent, Lincoln Diaz-Balart (which is odd given that he managed floor time for the Republicans on the rule), Dreier, Ehlers, Flake, Platts, Reichert. More commentary later.

Update 2: Here’s the e-mail that’s being blasted out to Courage Campaign DADT activists. Hope you can join us. And by the way, if you can help chip in to cover costs of bringing us all together with Congress’ leading advocate of DADT repeal, you can do so here.

Courage Campaign

Dear Adam —

I just walked off the House floor, where I saw passage of my amendment — co-sponsored with Leader Hoyer — to begin repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” It was one of the proudest moments of my life.

This move by the House puts the ball on the 1-yard line in our efforts to get it to the President’s desk. So, following the example of my beloved Philadelphia Eagles, it’s time to huddle up and plan how we’re going to put the ball in the end zone.

Join me and Courage Campaign on a nationwide conference call at 7 p.m. EST/ 4 p.m. PST. We’ll talk about what needs to be done to take us to victory in the Senate. Click here to get the call-in number.

The time to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” has come. It has come for the House — twice now, in fact, has the House voted for repeal. And on the conference call, I’ll talk about how it will come for the Senate, and what we need to do.

Sens. Lieberman and Collins, along with their allies Sens. Udall and Gillibrand, have introduced a stand-alone bill that mirrors our amendment in the House. But the calendar is tight and there aren’t many votes to spare. Opponents of repeal are lining up to gut the bill by inserting poison pill amendments.

We can’t let that happen. Join me and Courage on a nationwide conference call at 7 p.m. EST/ 4 p.m. PST. I’ll outline next steps and the most important things we can and must do together to engineer repeal in the Senate.

Then, we’ll go forth and make it happen.

In solidarity,

Rep. Patrick Murphy

Update 3: Snowe’s statement:

“After careful analysis of the comprehensive report compiled by the Department of Defense and thorough consideration of the testimony provided by the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the service chiefs, I support repeal of the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ law,” Snowe said in a statement.

Update 4: Here’s video of Rep. Patrick Murphy speaking today:

Again, to join our nationwide conference call tonight at 4 PM PST/7 PM EST, click here to obtain the call-in number. 261 people have signed up so far!

Update 5: We’re up to 440 people signed up and have to add a second conference line and operator. Oops.

Also, Rep. Murphy will be taking questions on the call. I’ll also be on with Rick Jacobs to answer questions after.

Update 6: Statement from the President below

Statement by the President on the House Passage of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010

I applaud the House for passing, with bipartisan support, the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.  Legislative repeal is supported by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  The process contained in this legislation allows for a smooth and responsible repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in a way that maintains good order and discipline in our military ranks.   Indeed, all of the Service Chiefs have said that when this law is changed , they will implement an orderly transition effectively and efficiently.  As the comprehensive study by the Department of Defense clearly shows, we can move to a new policy in a responsible manner that ensures our military strength and our national security.

I particularly want to thank Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, and Congressman Patrick Murphy for their leadership on this issue.  I have consistently called for the repeal of this law.  Moving forward with the repeal is not only the right thing to do, it will also give our military the clarity and certainty it deserves.  We must ensure that Americans who are willing to risk their lives for their country are treated fairly and equally by their country.

Update 7: Call will start in a few minutes, folks. I will be on with Rick and Rep. Patrick Murphy, for those of you who’ve been dying to hear the dulcet tones of my voice…

Update 8: If you weren’t able to get on the call, Courage’s Andy Kelley live-tweeted via @couragecampaign.

Update 9: The most important message coming out of the call was to call Senators, especially the swing ones. A new call report page is here.

Update 10: Here’s Rep. Pingree’s closing statement:

Update 11: Over Twitter, The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports that Sen. Reid’s office says a vote in the  Senate will occur next week- no longer a question of “if”. Excellent news.

Update 12: I’m signing off to get some dinner and will check back in later tonight if there’s any more to report. And I’ll have a “state of play” piece up in the morning of where we are.

One last thing is that it does cost a significant amount to bring our community together (several hundred on the call, pending full report) with Rep. Murphy, not to mention maintain the coverage of this issue here at P8TT, so if you’d like to make a tax-deductible donation to keep the P8TT shop up and running, please do so here. We can’t exist without your support.

Great day today, folks, all this good news truly puts us at the 1-yard line.

Update 13: Oh what the heck, one more (but you guys are doing the work!).

Here’s the roll call on the vote this afternoon.

Here’s the roll call on the last time the House voted on DADT repeal in May.

Compare away.

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House to vote today on repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” The big mo’: state of play on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal

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  • 1. Michelle Evans  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Maybe twice will be the charm in this case. Now if the frakking Senate would get it done!

  • 2. Ann S.  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Woot, woot, woot!!!!!!

  • 3. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    With Collins as a co-sponsor and Snowe on board, that’s 60 votes unless Joe “I’ve only been here three weeks” Manchin betrays the effort. Scott Brown has said multiple times that he’s for repeal, so hopefully he’ll accept a standalone bill. It would be nice if Lisa Murkowski clarifies that she’ll support a standalone bill, too.

  • 4. Vaati  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Was watching it on C-SPAN. So many great arguments for our side, I don’t even know if Republicans were trying with this. They had very little to stand on and basically didn’t even refer to gay people, simply to the ‘distraction’ that to them represents all of what gay people are. Not the soldiers fighting for us in two wars, just distractions in uniform.

    • 5. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

      It’s hard to demonize the “other” without minimizing their humanity.

      • 6. Vaati  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:59 pm

        Agreed, but they failed this time around. There was no way to get around the people this legislation actually effected and by attempting to do so I think they really weakened their case. Barney Frank was aggressive and to the point, we need more of that.

        Many great points were made; that the men and women currently serving are not so fragile that they couldn’t cope with a policy change of this nature, that there have been enough studies and more than enough time to discuss the policy, it’s time to repeal and I think everybody is sick of Republican whining over this issue, “But it’s right before Christmas! They are jamming gay issues into my stockings!”

        • 7. Kathlene  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:38 pm

          “But it’s right before Christmas! They are jamming gay issues into my stockings!”


          • 8. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm

            “Like…like some kind of big, gay Santa Claus!”


  • 9. Menergy  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Go! Go! Go!

  • 10. Bob  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    woot woot Adam Bink,,,,, you go, strategize,,,, waiting for our next challenge,,,,,,

    Yes to senator Snowe, which other senator will be next…..

    looking for the next move for touch down, with that hail mary pass…..on to the Senate… can do it America

    • 11. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:53 pm

      Scott Brown needs to line up his support for DADT repeal with action. Gotta call his office yet again….

      • 12. BK  |  December 16, 2010 at 4:58 am

        It’s still funny to think of a MA senator as a Republican. So weird IMO…

        • 13. Kathlene  |  December 16, 2010 at 9:20 am

          Ted is rolling in his grave.

  • 14. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Re: Castle, maybe it was a final “FU” to the Tea Party? Truly surprised he wasn’t on board the first time around, was it a defense bill amendment complaint?

  • 15. alohastate  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Rep. Djou – also a Republican, voted for repeal.

    • 16. adambink  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm

      Yes, we got Djou in the May vote as well.

  • 17. aaron in san fran  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    picked up Ehlers. YAY!!! My faith in ole Michigan, given their new governor, had almost died

  • 18. Michelle Evans  |  December 15, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    A bit OT, but had to share in case anyone here might like to call in. On Monday December 20 at 6:30 PST, the Pacific Justice Institute (the group that sued to try and have our California governator and attorney general intervene on behalf of the proponents of Prop 8) will be having a phone-in discussion about many anti-LGBT issues.

    TO JOIN THE CALL, dial 712-432-0075 and input access code 590429#

    The call is supposed to last about 45 minutes. Not sure if anyone might be able to get any time to say anything to Mr. Dacus, but might be worth a listen. Just don’t get sick from his anti-LGBT rhetoric. :-)

    Interestingly, since he is based here in California, I believe, the area code on the call in is Iowa.

    • 19. Ed  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:10 pm

      Confirmed….Area Code 712

      Area code 712 is the telephone numbering plan code for the Western fifth of Iowa, including cities such as Spencer, Le Mars, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Sheldon, Storm Lake and Sac City. The map to the right is clickable, click on any of the area codes on the map to go to the area code for that region.


  • 20. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm

  • 21. CaliGirl  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Does anyone know when the Senate is supposed to vote? Before Christmas, maybe? *crosses fingers*

  • 22. Rhie  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Is the senate going to get to this?

  • 23. Chris in Lathrop  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Huzzah for the House! May the Senate follow suit…

  • 24. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I was looking for information on when/if the Senate intends to take this up and came across this at the WaPo site. But what really caught my attention was this comment by “texasnative46.” The level of ignorance about how our government works shouldn’t surprise me any more…. but it does.

    to Mr Capehart: MAYBE some activist judge will “repeal” DADT & perhaps (just perhaps) that will be a good thing, in the long run.

    IF that should happen, we TEA PARTIERS, conservatives & other “right of center” voters will have one more point in our favor to LIMIT federal judge’s ability to declare ANYTHING “Unconstitutional”
    also set the wheels in motion to start ELECTING all federal judges to ONE 6-year or 10-year term of office.

    to all: it was NEVER intended by the authors of The Constitution that federal judges would be “the senior branch of government”, much less that judges would be able to overturn the POTUS & the Congress, simply with a court order. = it was intended that the 3 branches would be EQUAL in power.
    electing judges & OUTLAWING their use of “unconstitutional” orders would restore that BALANCE.

    yours, TN46
    coordinator, CCTPP

    This person doesn’t believe that federal judges are supposed to be able to declare laws unconstitutional. Wow. just Wow.

    • 25. Steve  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      Limiting their power would make them equal how exactly?

      And the authors of the Constitution certainly didn’t intend for federal judges to be elected. I think there is something to that effect in the Federal Papers.

    • 26. Ann S.  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      Chief Justice John Marshall has something to say to TN46 about that:

      Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137 (1803) is a landmark case in United States law. It formed the basis for the exercise of judicial review in the United States under Article III of the Constitution.

      This case resulted from a petition to the Supreme Court by William Marbury, who had been appointed by President John Adams as Justice of the Peace in the District of Columbia but whose commission was not subsequently delivered. Marbury petitioned the Supreme Court to force Secretary of State James Madison to deliver the documents, but the court, with John Marshall as Chief Justice, denied Marbury’s petition, holding that the part of the statute upon which he based his claim, the Judiciary Act of 1789, was unconstitutional.

      Marbury v. Madison was the first time the Supreme Court declared something “unconstitutional”, and established the concept of judicial review in the U.S. (the idea that courts may oversee and nullify the actions of another branch of government). The landmark decision helped define the “checks and balances” of the American form of government.

      • 27. nightshayde  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm

        Yeah – but that doesn’t count ’cause he was an activist judge. You just can’t win with these people.

    • 28. Kathlene  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:42 pm

      All I can say at this point is: LOL.

    • 29. Lodi Gal  |  December 15, 2010 at 10:04 pm

      I attended several Tea Party meetings in Lodi last summer. David Harmer, a Mormon lawyer who was trying to unseat Congressman Jerry McNerney, fed the crowd this same line of BS–he obviously knew it was a lie. Unbelievable. I’ve never seen a more gullible bunch or a more blatantly dishonest politician.

    • 30. Rhie  |  December 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      Seriously? I learned this stuff in – not kidding – elementary school. I remember being in fourth grade taking a test on the powers of the various branches of government and the Bill of Rights.

      What makes the branches equal is that they are checks for each other. The check for legislated laws and referendi are the courts. Goodness.

  • 31. anonygrl  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I KNEW we were going to get Diaz-Balart… I could just tell from the way he was speaking.

    By the way, I am going to be more intermittent for a bit… I am right now at the Apple Store hoping they can fix my computer which went belly up last night, and I am using one of their machines. Please understand that if you don’t hear from me, it is not from lack of love, but lack of a machine on which to talk to you.


    • 32. nightshayde  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:53 pm

      Good luck with the computer!

    • 33. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm

      I love the apple store – I would be there saying my computer were broken just to be there : ) Have fun!

    • 34. Kathlene  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

      We got Diaz-Balart? Holy shit.

      • 35. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:00 pm

        I know. Did hell just freeze over?

        • 36. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:24 pm

          Not yet. If McLame votes in favor of repeal, then we will KNOW without a doubt that hell has frozen over!

  • 37. adambink  |  December 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    All, call starts in 10 minutes. Instructions to get call number is above. Believe it or not, we’re at 491 registered and will have to cap it (these can get expensive), so sign up ASAP and hop on the phone.

    • 38. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:02 pm

      Anybody in on the call yet? I am still on hold waiting for a moderator.

      • 39. Ann S.  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:03 pm

        Me, too — on hold.

        • 40. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:04 pm

          At least I am not on hold alone : )

          • 41. Ann S.  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:13 pm


  • 42. Sagesse  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Just the message the Senate needs. Well done! I can’t make the call… have a seasonal errand to run with my son… but looking forward to an update.

  • 43. Bennett  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Evidently we are no longer an “abomination!” I just read that, according to Jim Amos, (whoever he is) (evidently someone important enough to be quoted), we are no just “a distraction”. That’s progress folks!

    Were a moving on up! duhhh duh-duh duh. . .

    • 44. Carpool Cookie  |  December 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm

      Were a moving on up! duhhh duh-duh duh. . .

      Well we’re movin on up,
      To the east side.
      To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
      Movin on up,
      To the east side.
      We finally got a piece of the pie.

      Fish don’t fry in the kitchen;
      Beans don’t burn on the grill.
      Took a whole lotta tryin’,
      Just to get up that hill.
      Now we’re up in the big leagues,
      Gettin’ our turn at bat.
      As long as we live, it’s you and me baby,
      There ain’t nothin wrong with that.

      Well we’re movin on up,
      To the east side.
      To a deluxe apartment in the sky.
      Movin on up,
      To the east side.
      We finally got a piece of the pie.

      • 45. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

        • 46. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 16, 2010 at 6:19 am

          I like the Jefferson’s image….hoping pretty soon no big deal what gender or race you are. I recall in the late 70’s early 80’s a big push to make the world a more fair place for persons with various abilities and disabilities. Eventually I hope we’ll also stop using money as a way to classify and assign power….

          • 47. elliom  |  December 16, 2010 at 8:10 am

            Unfortunately, they never watched the Jeffersons, because they were too busy watching this…

          • 48. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 16, 2010 at 8:14 am

            And ignoring many of the messages that Norman Lear attempted to get across. Norman Lear addressed many social issues in “All in the Family” and the Jeffersons, including gay bashing. And Carroll O’Connor even said that one of the reasons he took the role of Archie Bunker was because he hoped that Norman Lear’s comedy would be able to get people thinking about how wrong bigotry in any form is. Some people got that message, but some did not.

          • 49. Ann S.  |  December 16, 2010 at 10:33 am

            Remember Edith’s cross-dressing friend? She couldn’t quite decide if she loved him like a brother or a sister, so she decided he was like a brother and sister rolled into one.

            She was devastated when he was killed in a gay-bashing incident, and sat out on the porch for a long time trying to understand how it could happen. How could God let this happen? It deeply shook her faith.

          • 50. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 16, 2010 at 2:02 pm

            @Ann S.: It even shook Archie when Beverly LaSalle was murdered. Archie may not have totally understood Beverly, but it still threw him for a loop when Beverly was murdered on the way back to Archie and Edith’s after a show.

          • 51. Ann S.  |  December 16, 2010 at 2:06 pm

            Beverly LaSalle! Thank you!

            ♫ “Gee our old LaSalle ran great!” ♫

            I think Archie was perhaps shaken even more by how shocked and upset Edith was. He didn’t like to admit it, but she was his rock. And he was hers.

          • 52. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 16, 2010 at 2:26 pm

            And anybody who doubts that Edith was Archie’s rock only needs to watch the first episode of All in the Family after the title became “Archie Bunker’s Place.” This was what it was called when Jean Stapleton left the show and Danielle Brisbois came in to play their niece. Archie had bought Kelsey’s bar. In that season’s first episode, we learn that Edith has died. Near the end of the episode, Archie sits down on the foot of the bed and bends down to pick up something that is sticking out from under the bed. It turns out to be one of Edith’s house slippers. That was all it took. Archie broke down and bawled like a grieving widower. Very realistic when you consider how long Archie and Edith had been married.

  • 53. MJFargo  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Wonderful job reporting this Adam! Hopeful (but cautious) here. The Senate has become a shameful institution. we should change the name to “House of Lords” until they get their act together. But you, my friend, are an Ace.

    • 54. adambink  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      Hey, thanks for the kind words.

  • 55. adambink  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I’m signing off to get some dinner and take a breather, folks. Will check back in later if there’s anything to report, and have a state of play piece up in the AM as well. Good day today. And hope you liked the quick call.

  • 56. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 15, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Great call Adam. The last gentleman who lost his partner in 61 hit home why this law is so idiotic. I will call Kyle and McCain again tomorrow – then hit up the other senators.

  • 57. Up&Adam  |  December 15, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    what a roller coaster ride it’s been but I’m very hopeful now, I will keep calling & emailing my republican senator in hopes he may change his mind. good luck everyone.

  • 58. Freddy/Lar  |  December 15, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Just wanted to let everyone know that as of right now there is a total of 44 official co-sponsors, that does not include Snowe. Tomorrow it may be a good idea to start calling the rest of the Democrats and Snow to get them to add their names as official co-sponsors. Here is the list
    Johnson, T-SD
    Nelson, Ben-NE
    Nelson, Bill-FL
    If everyone listed above was to sign on, that would be the 60 votes necessary and we could have a sure thing, if not, we could at least hold them accountable for co-sponsoring and then not voting. Of course there are the others that we could urge to sponsor as well. Thanks everyone for all the hard work, we almost have this.

    • 59. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:07 pm

      Thanks for the list Freddy – charging the cell now!

  • 60. Tasty Salamanders  |  December 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I don’t know where else would be a good place to post it so:,0,2873493.story

    There is a lawsuit to stop the 3 Iowa Judges being removed.

  • 61. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    This report from WaPo says Scott Brown and Lisa Murkowski have committed to voting for repeal.

    It also says Reid hasn’t committed to bringing this to a vote this week.

    • 62. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:08 pm

      Great news Kathleen. I am calling both tomorrow. I don’t think they will be getting to the repeal this week.

    • 63. Kathlene  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:45 pm

      HOLY SHIT!

    • 64. Straight Ally #3008  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

      I’m cautious because it sounds like the piece is citing past pro-repeal statements from Brown and Murkowski – I hope they specifically comment on the new bill very soon. Still…with Collins, Snowe, Brown, and Murkowski, we win this even if Manchin defects.

      From the article:

      But Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness and a vocal defender of the current military policy, criticized Democrats for holding Wednesday’s vote “before most members of Congress have sufficient time to consider the consequences of that reckless action.”

      “Congressional chaos has become the new normal,” Donnelly said.

      You know what…if things go our way, Elaine Donnelly’s career as a professional bigot is effectively over next week. Huzzah!

      • 65. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:23 pm

        That’s the kind of unemployment news that makes me happy. :)

  • 66. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I feel like I’ve entered an alternate universe. David Dreier voted for repeal!!! I will definitely be calling his office and thanking him.

    There is a list of all the House Repubs who voted yes today on this site:

    And here’s the complete voting list:

    • 67. Michelle Evans  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:22 pm

      Kathleen, I know how you feel with John Campbell voting for repeal. Cherie and I have been absolutely stunned since we heard the news.

      • 68. Michelle Evans  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:32 pm

        I just sent an email to Campbell’s office:

        Mr. Campbell,

        I had to write this afternoon in order to thank you very much for your vote today to repeal the abhorrent Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law that currently prevents over 60,0000 of our men and women serving in the military from being honest about who they are.

        To hear that you changed your vote since the May vote on this issue was one of the most welcome pieces of news that I have heard with regard to your representation of our district. I sincerely hope that when other legislation that has to do with providing equal rights and protections to all Americans comes before you, that you will again provide the leadership necessary to pass those as well.

        Again, thank you very much for what you did today in Congress. Your support of our military, and ALL the men and women who serve (such as I did in the US Air Force for seven years), is greatly appreciated.

        Take care and Happy Holidays!

        Michelle Evans

        • 69. Michelle Evans  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:34 pm

          And it would be great if people here at the P8TT community can contact all the representatives who voted in favor of repeal, especially those Republicans whom we never expected to join us. The more encouragement they receive from us, hopefully the more positively they will think of us in the future.

          • 70. Carpool Cookie  |  December 15, 2010 at 10:44 pm

            Yes…those are EASY calls to make : )

          • 71. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 16, 2010 at 6:27 am

            LOVE IT!!!!! So Amazing..calling…

      • 72. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:36 pm

        I know! Is there a hidden camera somewhere?

        btw, check out the list of Dems who voted no. Almost all from the south.

        • 73. Ed  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:44 pm

          but none from my home state, Louisiana. (and im actually shocked)

        • 74. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:01 pm

          BTW, does anyone know if a state-by-state breakdown of today’s DADT vote has been posted? I want to know exactly who to thank in my blog and on FB, and who to excoriate for voting against our military personnel.

          • 75. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

            There’s a link above to the complete vote roll. But I can’t get it to load right now. The server may be overloaded right now.

          • 76. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

            Thanks, Kathleen. It links to the same list that I printed out. Unfortunately, it only lists the state each one represents if there are two or more members of the House from different states who have the same last name or if their last names are similar. I am hoping that there will soon be a list that goes in order by the state each House member represents. I am glad to see that G. K. Butterfield, Larry Kissell, and Bob Etheridge stuck to their guns and voted the same way this time that they voted originally. I am getting ready to begin campaigning for McIntyre’s removal from office, however.

    • 77. Kathlene  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:46 pm


  • 78. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Sorry I missed the call. I had an emergency run to Goldsboro, and just got back about ten minutes ago.

    • 79. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:09 pm

      I hope everything’s okay, Richard.

      • 80. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm

        It is. We had a house guest over the weekend, and he left some things here, including his keys. He had a spare house key, but no spare key to his mailbox. Kind of difficult to pay your bills when you can’t get them out of the mailbox to find out how much you owe.

        • 81. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm

          I’m glad that’s all it was. Scares me when I see friends mention an emergency.

          • 82. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 15, 2010 at 7:28 pm

            I am glad that is all it was, as well. The last time we had a scary emergency here at this house was when Yosef called us from the emergency room in October of 2009 needing a ride home. At the time he was working as an installer for a company that sells water purifying systems for residential and commercial locations, and the Dodge Sprinter he was driving decided it would roll over onto the driver’s side, while it was still moving down the road. His left arm looked like hamburger meat from his hand to his elbow, and he had to undergo physical therapy as it healed. Baruch HaShem he was wearing his seat belt. Otherwise, he might have been thrown out the window when it rolled.

  • 83. Kathleen  |  December 15, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Karen Ocamb’s excellent piece on today’s vote and reactions:

  • 84. Lesbians Love Boies  |  December 15, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Megan McCain on DADT – wish her father could hear her.

    • 85. Ronnie  |  December 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm

      Megan McCain = Love….I agree…. wish her father could hear her….. but he is too busy with “I don’t care what you say….& I don’t care what others say”…..(facepalms)….<3…Ronnie

    • 86. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 15, 2010 at 9:30 pm

      He CAN hear her. I wish he would LISTEN to her. That is what is not happening. John McCain is not LISTENING to his daughter. Even Meghan calls this “my generation’s CIVIL RIGHTS issue.”

    • 87. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 16, 2010 at 6:49 am

      Yay Megan!

  • 88. elliom  |  December 15, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Thank you, Mr. President!

    Carter: US ready for gay president

    • 89. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 16, 2010 at 8:12 am

      interesting video elliom…. some still “flippant’ but its a far cry from “ban/kill the gays” Way to go Jimmy Carter!

      • 90. elliom  |  December 16, 2010 at 8:18 am

        I agree. It’s not a “ringing” endorsement, but stll. When a former Prez says it’s time, and we’re ready, for both a gay and a woman president….wow.

        • 91. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 16, 2010 at 8:22 am

          As James Carville says, how can we be so sure we have not already had a gay president? He may not have been openly gay, but there is still a chance that we have had a gay president. After all, wasn’t one of our presidents a bachelor, whose niece functioned as his first lady?

          • 92. elliom  |  December 16, 2010 at 8:37 am

            That would be James Buchanan (r. 1857 – 61).

            James Buchanan, Jr. (April 23, 1791 – June 1, 1868) was the 15th President of the United States from 1857–1861 and the last to be born in the 18th century. To date he is the only president from the state of Pennsylvania and the only ‘life-long bachelor.’


          • 93. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 16, 2010 at 8:40 am

            Thanks, elliom. I thought it was Buchanan, but I didn’t want to write the wrong name. Well, hold down the fort. Have some business to take care of, and will have to allow extra time due to our weather here, and the fools who drive badly enough on dry, clear roads.

        • 94. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 16, 2010 at 8:42 am

          How about Suze Orman : ) !

          • 95. Rhie  |  December 16, 2010 at 8:43 pm

            Nah, Rachel Maddow!

          • 96. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 17, 2010 at 6:25 am

            Rachel Maddow for President, and Suze Orman as Secretary of the Treasury!

        • 97. Steve  |  December 16, 2010 at 12:14 pm

          What is there to be ready for with a female president?

          I love what Dan Savage had to say about that:

          The highlights are “It says such wonderful things about our country that we could elect a female chief executive, and aren’t we special?” and “Fucking Pakistan had a female head of state. Twenty years go!”

          • 98. Richard A. Jernigan  |  December 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

            And Israel and India had female heads of state when I was in grade school. Israel had Golda Meir, and India had Indira Gandhi, Nehru’s daughter. I believe her husband was Gandhi’s grandson.

          • 99. fiona64  |  December 16, 2010 at 2:32 pm

            Yep. Indira Ghandi’s husband was Mahatma’s grandson.

            And yes, I remember the big deal when a young and beautiful Benazir Bhutto was elected; her photograph was on every magazine. I actually cried when she was assassinated.

            Golda Meir, Indira Ghandi, Benazir Bhutto, Margaret Thatcher (for crying out loud!) … and our country wants to put forth Caribou Barbie? Gad.


          • 100. fiona64  |  December 16, 2010 at 2:34 pm

            Gad, now no matter which way I look at Ghandi (or Gandhi) it looks wrong. I have no idea whether I spelled it correctly.



  • 101. Michael  |  December 16, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Good job, Adam. Thanks for your hard work and efforts keeping us updated.

  • 102. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 16, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Thank you for all these great posts and links everyone! catching up from yesterday….went to dentist, work….was on hold for conference call…remembered daughter’s choir concert and hurried to her school…then back to work.

    Quick story:
    Me and my hubby went to dentist together during the last house debate before the vote…In the waiting room changed the channel to CSPAN so could watch…others(patients, staff) looked on curiously but didn’t comment as we were sitting close together with eyes glued on screen, commenting quietly to each other about the proceedings.

    My turn came…left hubby in waiting area. Once in procedure room I asked the dental hygienist “Kris” (teeth cleaning time) if minded if I turn on RV…she gave me the remote to control channel/volume….after a few moments she started asking me some questions… Mormon mother of 4 kids, she “thinks its dumb that it should matter if you are gay or not we are all people” ..and, although she was unaware of the vote was occurring until I tuned in, she was strongly in favor of repeal.

    Some of the senators surprised us and voted our way…the Mormon mother surprised me…perhaps the world is becoming a better place for us… Time to call senators!! Love, Gregory.

    • 103. Gregory in Salt Lake City  |  December 16, 2010 at 7:57 am

      actually turned on the TV (though RV w/ big screen could be nice)…and it was not senators voting yesterday : /

  • 104. Steve  |  December 16, 2010 at 7:50 am

    French heteros are undermining the institution of Civil Unions:

    • 105. elliom  |  December 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

      Darn, you beat me to it! I thought this was VERY interesting!

  • […] by play, live-blogging and some video can be found here. More video and notes can also be found here. Roll call can be found […]


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