Congressman Todd Akin (R-MO) appeared on Fox News today to discuss the DADT repeal. Among other idiotic statements, Akin declared that the repeal was unnecessary because gay soldiers can serve now... as long as their "gayness" doesn't interfere. Watch inside.
A conservative reporter from right-leaning CNS News thought he would play gotcha journalist and ask gay Congressman Barney Frank about gay and straight soldiers showering together. Big mistake. Huge. Barney totally eviscerates the guy and exposes him as a fool.
President Obama signed the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal today, without any problems. But it was close! Some Republicans tried to sneak a legislative poison pill into the mix last night, until Mitch McConnell stopped them. Is Mitch getting soft?
Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall is furious over the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," and wants to block openly gay people from serving in the Virginia National Guard. He also wants to be a U.S. Senator and needs headlines.
Conservative production company Citizens United has released this post-"Don't Ask Don't Tell" ad, warning effete liberals (and Lady Gaga) that they'll all get drafted after the current Marines quit in protest. Exactly! This was Joe Lieberman's plan all along.
Don't Ask Don't Tell is dead but still remains in effect. The Human Rights Campaign says it's not safe for soldiers to come out yet. If you're looking to be the last person discharged under DADT, though now's your chance.
It was Sen. Bob Corker's turn to take hostages today with this latest "threat": If Democrats bring the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal and DREAM Act to votes tomorrow, as expected, then Republicans may kill the START treaty. Huh?
It's sad that the debate over repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" may be over, and we'll stop hearing comically bizarre arguments against repeal. So let's savor Rep. Louis Gohmert's theory of gays and imperial decline, while we still can.
Now that the House has passed a stand-alone version of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal, the only question remaining is how the Senate will screw this up. The votes are there! Right there! Don't go murmuring about "time" restraints!
Lt. Dan Choi, the prominent anti-Don't Ask Don't Tell activist, has been hospitalized following a breakdown. "My breakdown was a result of a cumulative array of stressors," he writes, including the Senate's failure to pass a DADT-repealing bill. [via Towleroad]
Today we were disappointed by the failure of the Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal. Lots of grumbling and moaning abounded, but one commenter has an active plan. A plan to make some things change in this country.
Barring some extraordinary legislative feat, a repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" appears to be dead, finally. "Moderate" Republicans didn't get their ever-shifting demands met before Harry Reid brought it for a vote today, and it lost.
Defense Secretary Robert Gates told Navy sailors serving in the Arabian Sea today that despite the push from him and other Pentagon leaders, the military's ban on gays serving openly is likely to continue into the next year.
The second day of Senate hearings regarding a "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal went better for shameless filibuster-leader John McCain. But that's only because he fully embarrassed himself yesterday. But are the individual service chiefs really against repeal?
Jon Stewart tread on familiar ground tonight, lambasting Senator John McCain for continuing his backpedaling and doublespeak on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Curiously, though, it was Joe Lieberman who got a tip of the hat. Watch inside.