Senate refuses to open debate on repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'
December 9th, 2010
04:10 PM ET

Senate refuses to open debate on repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

The Senate on Thursday rejected a Democratic bid to open debate on repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, possibly killing any chance for it to get passed in the current congressional session.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, called the vote without an agreement from any Republican senators to support the motion, ensuring it would fail.

The vote was 57-40 in favor of the cloture motion that required 60 votes
to pass.

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  1. phil

    @pauly...dr. bad? I bump inot him at and, but i think cnn gave him the boot here. i was just getting used to his antics too.

    December 10, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. really?

    Jim, your argument doesn't make any sense. Straight women complains that all the guys are either taken or gay; wheras straight men loves to see women kissed, etc.
    You're talking as if anyone would find you remotely attractive, straight or gay? Sorry to burst your ego.

    December 10, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  3. pauly

    @phil, thanks. thought maybe he got bumped off in a more literal way.

    December 10, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Forrest Gump

    Stupid is as stupid does. Wasting another day in Washington while 99er's and others continue to erode into nothingness. We are becoming a third world country while we debate over lifestyles.I'm straight but I know we won a bunch of wars with gays and lesbians. Focus on the suffering people of this country, you idiots. Do something to create jobs! For once just pull back a have enough guts to make some decisions. Every last one of you should be ashamed. You all make me sick. Momma was right stupid is as stupid does

    December 10, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. segregate 'em

    Have all straight miltary bunk together and have all crooked military bunk together. simple. problem solved. Also, they could name their own squadrons. "Carpet (bomb) Munchers" and "Flaming Anal warts". al-quida would sue for peace if we sent these squads out after them. BinLaden would surrender before allowing himself to be captured by the "Rectal Missiles" squad.

    December 10, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  6. ken

    honestly as a vet i have served with gay people in the army . i would rather have them by my side in a fire fight then most straights. time to lose the 1950s mentality and come to grips with 2010

    December 10, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    We will never fully accept your lifestyle choice. It's just too disgusting. Really, it's grotesque. Uhg...I hate even thinking about it.

    December 10, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Protoman

      Really? If you were single and had 2 beautiful women in front of you going at it then you'd really find it disgusting? If you are straight then I'd think you'd love to have double the fun.

      December 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ant

    some people born gay/lesbian no matter what u tell or do to them not going to change them. the question is that" do U.S need more people to join in the millitary?"

    December 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. pw

    What is john mccain afraid of? I don't think any gay man want his old wrinkle behind. (lol)

    December 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. pw

    The united states senate act like chatty women.

    December 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. pw

    No man gay or straight; want john mccain old wrinkled behind (lol)

    December 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. pw

    Stop acting like a beyotch senator mccain; nobody want your old behind. (lol)

    December 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Truth

    Ask yourself. What would Jesus do?

    December 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Truth

    When someone start s sentence with Honestly ot to be perfectly truthful. Does that mean they are lying to me the rest of the time. I think so. And here's a hint, when answering a question never yawn while talking or look to your left. That's a sure sign of a weasel and pathological liar.

    December 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pw

    Senator mccain actsl like a little beyotch!!. Nobody wants a his wrinkled behind (lol)

    December 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
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