All Virginia Dem’s Vote to Repeal DADT; All Virginia Repug’s Vote “Nay”

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    Great news – the House of Representatives voted (250-175) a few minutes ago to repeal the stupid, unpopular, harmful, outdated, discriminatory policy known as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” This was a “stand-alone” measure, and will now go back to the Senate for a vote (hopefully) there.  What could go wrong?  Heh.

    Meanwhile, I find it fascinating, and highly revealing, that every single Virginia Democrat – Boucher, Connolly, Moran, Nye, Perriello, Scott – voted “aye” for justice and equality, while every single Virginia Republican – Eric Can’tor, Randy Forbes, Bob Goodlatte, Rob Wittman, and that self-described “moderate” Frank Wolf (heh) – voted to keep discriminating.  That really says it all.

    • The United States needs all the dedicated servicemembers it can get, and one’s sexuality does not determine one’s effectiveness as a soldier.  Don’t Ask Don’t Tell hurts military readiness and national security.  Nearly 800 specialists with vital skills – Arabic linguists, for example – have been fired from the U.S. military under DADT.  Since implementation of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell in 1993, the military has discharged more than 13,000 service members whose only “fault” was their sexual orientation.

      It is estimated that American taxpayers have paid between $250 million and $1.2 billion to investigate, eliminate, and replace qualified, patriotic service members who want to serve their country but can’t because expressing their sexual orientation violates DADT.

    • Sandi Saunders

      It is a proud day for Virginia Dems!  We have so few these days.

    • Cool_Arrow

      Even Glenn Nye voted yes!

    • At last — a day to be proud of ALL of the Virginia Dems!!