ASK Me About The House Vote

May 28, 2010 The House adopted an annual Pentagon policy bill that includes a provision allowing the Defense Department to repeal the ban on gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military.

Those who broke with their party:

The five Republican congressmen who voted for the amendment included:

  • Rep. Charles Djou (HI)
  • Rep. Joseph Cao (LA)
  • Rep. Judy Biggert (IL)
  • Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL)
  • Rep. Ron Paul (TX).

The 26 Democratic congressmen who opposed the amendment included:

  • Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA)
  • Rep. Bobby Bright (AL)
  • Rep. Travis Childers (MS)
  • Rep. Jerry Costello (IL)
  • Rep. Mark Critz (PA)
  • Rep. Lincoln Davis (TN)
  • Rep. Joe Donnelly (IN)
  • Rep. Chet Edwards (TX)
  • Rep. Bob Etheridge (NC)
  • Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL)
  • Rep. Jim Marshall (GA)
  • Rep. Mike McIntyre (NC)
  • Rep. Solomon P. Ortiz (TX)
  • Rep. Collin Peterson (MN)
  • Rep. Earl Pomeroy (ND)
  • Rep. Nick Rahall (NC)
  • Rep. Ike Skelton (MO)
  • Rep. John Spratt (SC)
  • Rep. John Tanner (TN)
  • Rep. Gene Taylor (MS)

Representative John Lewis summed up my feelings on the House floor:

The time line as I know it:

We can hope for a full Senate vote in July, possibly President Obama to sign the bill in October or November, but the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" is not likely until 2011. Some Republicans, including Arizona Sen. John McCain have said they would support a filibuster of the entire bill, but at present the legislation is expected to come to a vote sometime in June or July.

I could write a whole other entry on Senator McCain, but in the interim, I believe an important piece of discriminatory legislation will be repealed and we will celebrate a victory for civil rights. Long overdue.

Most important, take action! In a minute or two, you can use a form to voice your opinion, courtesy of The Human Rights Campaign. Yes, Human Rights.

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