Cheers and jeers greet Senate vote to repeal DADT
December 18th, 2010
09:41 PM ET

Cheers and jeers greet Senate vote to repeal DADT

News of the U.S. Senate's vote to end "don't ask, don't tell" Saturday drew emotional reactions from both sides of the issue, with supporters of the repeal hailing it as a civil rights landmark and detractors calling it a threat to the armed services.

The reaction was loudest from those who supported a repeal of the Pentagon policy, which had officially banned open gays and lesbians from serving in the military for 17 years. Many reserved their praise for Republicans who had crossed traditional party lines to vote for repeal.

"With this vote, we have crossed one of the final hurdles standing in the way of ending the failed 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy," said R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans, one of several gay-rights organizations to lead the fight to defeat the policy.

The group praised Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, for her leadership in bringing other Republicans across party lines.

"Senator Collins, in particular, has long been the point of the spear in fighting for repeal among Republicans.  She showed tremendous leadership in crossing the aisle to make this vote happen, continuing the fight when many thought hope was lost.  Senators Brown, Kirk, Murkowski, Snowe and Voinovich also deserve our thanks for taking a principled stand for the integrity of all American service members. "

Former army lieutenant and gay-rights activist Dan Choi, who was discharged from service after publicly coming out in 2009, said the vote sent a message to closeted gays and lesbians that they have the support of the government.

"It's something that we've all expected. We know that when you're on the right side of justice and history, you don't ever go backwards. So this is the real moment," Choi told CNN.

"This is for all of those people in the military who are languishing, not able to come out to themselves, because they are so ingrained with this self-hatred, and it's a message. I hope it stiffens their spine."

Moments after the vote was announced, the Twitterverse lit up with comments over #DADT, but one in particular stood out that summed up the sentiments of many.

"We did it! #DADT is a thing of the past," Senator Harry Reid tweeted at performer Lady Gaga, an outspoken critic of the policy.

Gaga, who arrived at the 2010 MTV VMAs with openly gay service members and made viral videos calling for the end of DADT, also tweeted her reaction to the vote.

"Can't hold back the tears+pride. We did it!i Our voice was heard + today the Senate REPEALED DADT. A triumph for equality after 17 YEARS," she said.

But not everyone regarded the repeal as a step in the right direction.

"Today is a tragic day for our armed forces. The American military exists for only one purpose - to fight and win wars. Yet it has now been hijacked and turned into a tool for imposing on the country a radical social agenda," said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, a Christian organization that promotes what it calls "the traditional family unit and the Judeo-Christian value system upon which it is built."

"This may advance the cause of reshaping social attitudes regarding human sexuality, but it will only do harm to the military's ability to fulfill its mission," Perkins said in a statement.

People willing to voice their disapproval of the repeal were in shorter supply than their counterparts.

Those who chose to register their discontent cited the Pentagon report on "don't ask, don't tell" that found opposition to repealing the policy ranged from 40 to 60 percent among Marines and some combat arms specialist units.

"the only ppl who care one way or the other about #dadt, and have it matter, are combat troops. 60% say it hurt their units' ability to fight," conservative commenter and Tea Party activist Brooks Bayne tweeted Saturday.

"i'm more concerned about natl security and morale of combat troops than i am someone's lifestyle choice being validated politically," he later tweeted.

Before the final vote, Senator John McCain, a vocal supporter of "don't ask, don't tell," said "today is a very sad day," according to the Atlantic.

Allowing gays to serve openly in the Marines could prove to be a deadly distraction, McCain said.

He also lambasted his colleagues for pushing the vote through in a lameduck session.

"We are jamming - or trying to jam - major issues through the Senate of the United States because (Democrats) know they can't get it done beginning next January," McCain said, the Sacramento Bee reported.

After the vote, McCain's camp did not issue a comment on its website or through his official Twitter account.

He did, however, voice his approval of the failure of DREAM act, which offers a path to citizenship to some illegal immigrants who entered the United States.

Known formally as the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, the DREAM Act fell five votes short of the 60 needed to be considered for final passage.

“With respect to the DREAM Act, I have great sympathy for the students who would benefit from passage of this legislation. I have met personally with many of them and their stories are heart-wrenching," he said on his wesbite.

“However, I cannot put the priorities of these students, as difficult and unfair in many respects as their situation is, ahead of my constituents and the American people who demand that the Federal government fulfill its Constitutional duty to secure our borders before we undertake other reforms."

The parallels between the two votes did not go unnoticed in the Twittersphere.

"Bittersweet day: #DADT repealed, and #DREAM Act squashed. Maybe one day we can all have equal rights," @smartygreg tweeted.

Others has a less sympathetic view of the Senate's busy day: "What do #DREAM, #DADT, and Food Safety all have in common? They don't create any jobs."

soundoff (212 Responses)
  1. ellid

    McCain is a bigot and a hypocrite. What a dreadful excuse for a President he would have made.

    December 18, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • dandy don

      time for the repubs to do their job and protect the rights of all americans,

      December 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      I agree with you, and to No-Way-Jose – if you don't like it ... move!!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • No-Way-Jose

      Ooooooo – somebody is trying to sensor Jose because their precious has been accurate identified as a Marxist? Typical of Democraps.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lioness

      McCain is a war hero and has a sterling record in the Senate in support of taxpayers. He would have been a far better President than that snake oil salesman Obama. BTW, how's that hope and change working out for ya?

      December 19, 2010 at 2:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      Lioness, you're pitiful. You can't stand that you didn't get your way today, so you go down the line, adding your bile to every single message on here. Anyone who has to beat their point to death like that trying to make it, has NO point.

      December 19, 2010 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      McCain, Bane and Perkins can now come out of the closet..come on boys welcome to the 21 st cent. Wikileaks reported that J. Cain was actually sodomized during his captivity. This make perfect sense and explains his "protesting too much". No Mr McCain , you will not get the preface from me " oh well we respect you for your service to this country...." . Sorry don't respect you ... surviving although those years in captivity well...makes you just ...lucky. So now bend over dear sir ...and imagine you were actually running for President. You were so closeted you picked a complete redneck MILF to compensate and look were it got you.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Quite true ..never thought of it that way. He still will request a study to study the validity of the prior test, which showed that the test prior to that was valid, indicating that the three studies prior to those all verified that the preceding studies were also valid. Maybe there should be more comas in there.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Good! Gay people are my favorite. Black people are my tied favorites. And the Dream Act is a good idea, but it's true– the border needs to be secured before acts like this happen.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Lioness

      Greg, your ability to tolerate someone of a differing opinion certainly makes clear your open mind. And your disrespect for a strong man of the Senate certainly denotes your grasp of politics. Oh well. At least you know how to abuse a keyboard.

      December 19, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Bootnecked

      Gays rights are not being infringed upon. If antyhting DADT is the proper protocol. Why is it iumportant that it known someone is gay? Why? Just like many of us could careless about a woman's marital status when she starts complaining about her financial woes.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jessica

    YEAH, This took too long to pass but glad it finally did. John McCain and Tony Perkins, No one believes your lies any more so just please just stop whining. The sky isn't falling and it never will.

    December 18, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • No-Way-Jose

      What do you mean the sky is not falling and never will. IT JUST DID! A very sad day for normal human beings, indeed. The losers that are being displaced at the end of the month just went against the will of the people and repealed DADT! Pay attention, Jess.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      The will of the "normal' people was heard with polls showing that an overwhelming majority approved of the repeal. The will of the fringe theocrats like No-Way-Jose are getting left behind with the McCarthy's. Welcome to the 21st Century!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Went against the will of what people? Over 70% of Americans were in favor of the repeal.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • No-Way-Jose

      I think what you actually meant to say was "over 70% of a select group of like-minded individuals". Polls can be made to say whatever you want to... just a matter of asking the right audience.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • yep

      Seeing those 2 guys hanging onto each other makes me sick! EWWWW!!!

      December 19, 2010 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Lioness

      Makes anyone with natural urges sick, friend.

      December 19, 2010 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      No-way-Jose is showing his complete lack of understanding of basic statistics: a sample size poll of 1,000 people IS statistically significant enough as to what the entire population would vote, with a plus or minus margin of 3%. It's basic statistics - if you poll 1 million people instead of 1,000, the change in the vote would be miniscule, if anything at all. Why do you think that if someone has a big lead in an election with only 10% of precincts reporting that the winning party declares victory? Because statistically, 10% of precincts reporting is almost 100% accurate plus or minus 1 percentage point. Looks like Jose's redneck, ingorant self needs to go back to school and learn something. Idiot.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Yep and Lioness - your same garbage discriminatory comments were exactly what was used by your parents' generation prior to 1967 when people saw a black person and a white person hugging. Yes, that's right –> inter-racial marriage was illegal prior to 1967 and people said it was "unnatural" for black people to kiss, hug, or marry white people back then (something your ignorant minds probably didn't even know). It took the Supreme Court to strike it down and finally allow black people to marry white people. So back to the issue at hand, please tell me - are you both really that uneducated and ignorant that you can't understand that being gay is genetic? (something every piece of scientific evidence points to). Or are you the types of people that enjoy putting others down to make yourself feel better? I'm venturing to guess that it's both. Maybe you want to move to the Middle East where women are forced to wear veils and gay people are executed - sounds like you fit in with those types of losers.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:11 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      FYI those guys are not gay ( not that it would matter ) but they are actually brothers..I know them personally and they both served. If you don't believe me look at the pinna ( outer portion of their ears ...they are identical, which is is inherited ...and they are not father and son.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Val

      this is in reply to guest, they must be brothers in the picture. (not that it matters) but not only are their ears identical, but the shapes of their mouths are too and their eyes are very similar. They are definitely brothers by blood, brothers in arms and brothers in a cause that they believe in. If Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people PLEASE just let it mean PEACE AND LOVE TO ALL...... BUT ESPECIALLY PEACE!!!!!!!

      December 19, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Lioness

      Mark, keep on comparing the gay rights movement with the civil rights movement. Many blacks hate that, you know. But what the hell do they know, the bigots!

      December 19, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  3. rodolfo garcia

    Don"t worry about John McCain....he will have a different opinion tomorrow...he is not a bigot, he is dementd

    December 18, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Quite true ..never thought of it that way. He still will request a study to study the validity of the prior test, which showed that the test prior to that was valid, indicating that the three studies prior to those all verified that the preceding studies were also valid. Maybe there should be more comas in there.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
  4. why now why ever

    Special rights for the perverted minds so the the "real" normally adjusted people of this country get discredited and the U.S.A gets closer to Soddom and Gamorrah

    December 18, 2010 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • MikeTX

      And many of those you call "perverts" have died so you have freedom of speech to post your trash.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      How does it feel to be a dinosaur?

      December 18, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      May I just add that you are a total a$$. Indeed you ARE a dinosaur. People matter – all people, sadly that means even you and other bigots.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      If people like yourself represent "real normally adjusted" people, I will gladly be abnormal.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • The churchlady

      Such a sad day and time. Degradation follows wherever the li fe style is found. The bend ing over in policy only primes for a future a(zz)-whipping by enemies. Condoning evil block blessings and protection for our Lord will look down to advocate the innocence in conflict and find nothing righteous among those present.

      December 21, 2010 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      A self-centered abomination, a locust that consumes every good for its own benefit and consumes even to its own destruction. The hair of sampson has been cut by the dhelilas of this nation. Such a sad day and times. 

      December 22, 2010 at 5:09 am | Report abuse |
  5. Angry

    It is a disgrace that politicians because money from the gay lobbyist will force soldiers to have to accept gays. DADT allowed gays to serve but they did it in private, like they should have done. This is a back door to forcing gay marriage on people. We are fighting an enemy that this will embody them to fight to the death even more, because out military will be seen as abominations instead of soldiers. To radical Islamic soldiers this is a rallying cry to kill even more and resist Americans more. Repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell was a horrible idea....

    December 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in CA

      Awwww...are you going to cry now? Upset that the hate & filth you & your ilk spew are slowly becoming things of the past? And newsflash: Al Queda terrorists already see us as abominations...repealing DADT won't change that, but it does show again that we're better than they are. Why don't you take your fear mongering and crawl back into the gutter with those same terrorists you're so afraid of. I mean, honestly...try growing a pair.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • No-Way-Jose

      You're absolutely right.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Yeah, we should bow to their religious belief! We should be just like them. Follow the religion of the land or you don't belong...

      December 18, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Personally I find radical Christians far more dangerous.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      The only way anyone could ever force gay marriage on you was if they forced you to get gay married. Somehow, the entire country and bigots such as yourself have come to the conclusion that their opinions on this matter are valid. You should have no say in which consenting adults marry. It should be looked on as a national embarrassment that the rights of a minority were ever put to a vote.

      December 19, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Lioness

      Fortunately, gay marriage will never be accepted in all 50 states because in many cases the issue is put to a vote, and of course is soundly defeated every time. If it ever goes to the Supreme Court, it will be struck down again because traditionally, states have always defined their own marriage laws. So no fear about gay marriage becoming a reality.

      Happily, DADT can be reinstated, easily, in 2013, once the Republicans take over both houses and a Republican wins the White House. And after the travesty that took place today, that's pretty much a done deal.

      December 19, 2010 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  6. levi

    sooo we have soldiers in pink camouflage and rich people with tax breaks.. bet everyone feels well represented by this new congress eh?

    December 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • No-Way-Jose

      The new congress has not gone to work yet, it's the old congress that is screwing things up in the 11th hour.

      Hopefully, the new congress will introduce far more restrictive legislation to replace the weak Clinton DADT law.

      December 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • SGT J

      Jose, I suggest you go and put on a damned Uniform then! If you want to restrict which people die for your right to be an idiot, you should then put one on and go stand on the front line, otherwise shut your pie hole and let us do our damned job!

      December 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • No-Way-Jose

      I have severed on multiple tours in the Middle East and I am a decorated wounded warrior. So SGT J, you just need to hush up.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in CA

      Well, No-Way-Jose, for such a "decorated warrior" you sound awfully afraid of gay men & woman. Your cowardice is showing....

      December 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • No-Way-Jose

      Mike – that depends on what you are calling fear. I fear God. I fear Satan. I fear for this nation with people like you around. I think you have confused my "fear" with disgust and detestability for this abhorrent choice in lifestyles that have hijacked a word that used to be synonymous with happy.

      December 19, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Lioness

      Mike in CA (where else?), nobody's scared of gays. But most people are disgusted by them.

      December 19, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike in CA

      No-Way-Jose: So you're fairly ignorant as well...nice.  Another newsflash – being gay is no more a "lifestyle" than being straight is. People are simply born that way, it's no "choice." Try getting an education someday.

      Lioness: Why the hate? What did gays or lesbians do to you to warrant your disgust? While it's clear you would love nothing more than a return to the 19th century where any number of minorities kowtowed before you, time to face facts that societies evolve. But then, the word "evolve" probably goes against your myopic worldview anyway.  

      December 19, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. McDuck

    Ducks everywhere!

    December 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bobq

    There goes my get out of jail free card.

    December 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. levi

    glad to see congress couldn't do anything useful like oh say perhaps GIVE US BACK OUR JOBS THAT THEY SENT TO CHINA!!!!!

    December 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJsMOM

      Jobs sent not to just China, let's add India, Phillippines, and all other places.....Our Senators and Congressmen would lose too much kick back money, if they ordered BIG BROTHER/COMPANIES to stop OUT SOURCING....

      December 18, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JJsMOM

    John McCain has done NOTHING to support the military and vets, so why would he be for this one. He and all others on Capital Hill don't have a CLUE as to just how many Gays/Lesbian currently serve in our Armed Forces. It's their choice to live that life style and as long as they don't try to PUSH their belief onto somebody else, who cares. They bravely fight for our us to hang onto our rights and freedom, so they should have the right to be anything they wish to be.

    I say CHEERS and many JEERS to Johnny Mc and Company...

    December 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbrnotb

      Great post!

      December 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Agree 100%!!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Azumaguy

      No-Way-Jose is a complete tool. What a loser!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lioness

      Stick it, lady. McCain has served his country in just about every way a man can serve his country. He stood up to the PC twits who repealed a sound military policy. He deserves another medal for what he did today.

      December 19, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. Pat

    John McCain has more integrity in his pinkie finger then most of you will ever have in a lifetime.

    December 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • tbrnotb

      Yeah...Mr Flip-Flopper is a real gem! Not that I think dropping bombs on people from 20,000 feet makes you a hero, but the guy is way past his prime. The 20th Century left about 10 years ago, Senator!

      December 18, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lioness

      Agreed. And the McCain bashers who are stalking every message board calling him a flip-flopper and so on can go suck d*ck under a rainbow. Most people respect and revere war heroes. But then some only identify with perverts, tsk tsk.

      December 19, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      Just because someone is a war hero does not mean that they cant turn into a zero later. All of you folks bashing the gays should spend more time looking at your pedo church leaders. They do more damage than the gays. As far as our current political parties it does not matter who is in power, until this country realizes that none of them is worth a crap nothing will change. The reason why this was pushed through is because the powers that needed to blow smoke up the butts of the American people to keep us from asking the bigger questions. Stop fighting over issues that mean squat. and look at the BIG picture, our political system is broken. We are fed crap everyday so that the top 5% can keep on raking it in. Corp America runs our country not the people. I say fire the entire congress and senate and start fresh with no career politicians or political families. Then make lobbyist go away for good and make it a crime of treason to try to buy a vote.

      December 19, 2010 at 4:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dustin

      This country needs to wake the heck up and see what is really going on. How about the FACT that in the history of the world, no power super or otherwise has EVER lasted. You military folks should know that. You ever heard of the Roman Empire? or how about that Khan fellow? open a freaking book and you will see. Most of the folks in my area (almost all red) believe with all of there hearts that this country if not fixed will implode on itself in the next 5 to 10 years.
      For years now we vote one party in and they suck, so we vote the other party in, but they suck, so we vote the old party back in.
      So next year the repubs get a chance to prove they still suck, so the next time will we vote the dems back in?
      Short version THEY ALL SUCK! AMERICA FIGURE IT OUT!!!!!

      December 19, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
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    December 18, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tbrnotb

    why now, why never & guys gotta calm down. There's no soddom and gomorah outside your bible study class! And angry...c'mon...get a grip! You don't know any GAY people at all? And you hate them all because they want to have the same rights as you do!

    Shame on you both!

    December 18, 2010 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • SGT J

      I agree, I seem to remember that Jesus said love the sinner hate the sin. If you believe that being gay is a sin, you should still love the people commiting that sin, though I do not believe it is a sin.

      December 18, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Same rights? How is it that gay folks want the same rights, when what they do is completely unnatural. Care to debate that fact? The human genome project has NEVER found a SINGLE gay gene. However, let simplicity rule. If being gay was natural, explain why such folks given over to a detestable lifestyle have to adopt children as those couples cannot produce their own?

      December 18, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • No-Way-Jose

      Gays already have same rights. They want special rights, to do what is unacceptable and not feel ostracized.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Tim, Christianity is a protected LIFESTYLE (which is chosen), being born gay is natural. Granted, they haven't found a "gay gene" ... YET. If you don't like gay people, move to Iran. Bigot.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Tim an absence of a specific gay gene doesn't mean being gay is always a choice. Environmental factors can play a key role in early childhood and have a large impact on the expression of certain genes, and the effects are not always reversible. Plus genes can do some weird things, there is no "gene" for blue eyes for example. A person with blue eyes simply doesn't have any other color turned on.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • La Voz de la Razón

      Richard makes a good point. Gayness is not something anyone is born with, but environmental conditions certainly can damage people. Anyone need look no further than the product of abused women, children or pets. They simply do not turn out right sometimes. Some rise above their environment, but others do not. We should have compassion for the folks that turn out gay. We afford special protections for mentally handicapped people with other medical conditions and this should be no different. They should receive equal protection under the Americans with Disabilities Act no differently than someone with Cerebral Palsy or Muscular Dystrophy.

      December 19, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. SGT J

    I am a soldier and a recruiter for the United States Army and i'm telling you that this is not going to hurt unit cohesion. We already know the folks that are gay anyway, having them able to talk about it openly is not going to change anything, and for those that have a problem with it... there's the door, dont let it hit you in the ass on the way out. The Marine corp will fall in line, I know for a fact that there are LOTS of gay marines and they seem to be doing their job just fine! Some people just need to shut up, especially idiots who have never worn the uniform.. as for John McCain, well i just wrote him an e mail telling him what a disgrace i think he is to the uniform he once wore.

    December 18, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • levi

      loving the sinner is to set an example and try to get them to repent, it does not mean try to make the sinners life so cushy that they decide to continue in sin.. if you do not stand against the sin then you accept it, and by accepting it their for become part of it.

      December 18, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hal

      Well said, Sgt. J!

      December 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • SGT J

      Levi you couldn't be more wrong, with your logic Jesus was a sinner? I think we can both agree that's not true also, If you're going to comment on my status' and try to limit the rights of the very people that are dying to give you your rights, at least learn the proper use of speech.. such as there and their.. they mean completely different things.

      December 18, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • SFC J

      Buddy, you better watch what you say – that Senator is going to fry you for what you are saying, I respect McCain HE IS A DECORATED WAR VET!!! Everything you just typed can be traced to your computer, you have been warned. Hopefully you did not use a GOVERNEMENT ACCESSED computer to post your disgraceful comments or your career is OVER and you can go flip burgers at McDonalds: you, being in the service as an NCO should know better!! How dare you speak against an ELECTED official!! The last General that did that against POTUS got fired!!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Thanks you Sargent! You rock!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Oops!! I meant "Sergeant"!!

      December 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Retired Submarine Sailor

      SGT J.....if you're worth your weight as a soldier or as a recruiter, you would also know the regulations on public speaking as an advocate of the branch, rank or military. Maybe you need to get off your soapbox and read up son. The only reason you are being such an advocate is because you are probably gay, a Democarat, or not a soldier at all. Anybody in or previously in the service can attest that whatever your personal beliefs, those that are gay will still have issues in ALL services. It will always be a problem since it is an unnatural act as a human being. I for one would not want to worry about which gay man was checking me out in the shower or as I get dressed. Your living with blinders on if you think there will not be problems.

      December 19, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Retired Submarine Sailor – I'm sure you've NEVER served with a gay soldier before. Right. The world would be great If your biggest worry was being "checked out" by another soldier, huh? Maybe you're just too full of yourself.

      December 19, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Lioness

      Yeah, sure, you're in the armed forces. Bite it, buddy. Try your act somewhere else.

      December 19, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joe

    Tony Perkins and Brooks Bayne are know bigots, no better than the grand wizard of the KKK or Nazi SS Brown shirt . The Family Research Council is a Hate group on the same watch list as The White Brotherhood and Arian Nation. CNN should be ashamed of themselves for quoting these two and not pointing out that fact. No longer American public sit by while men like Perkins and Bayne spew their hate.

    December 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Would you care to explain why the Family Research Council is a hate group? Because they offer proof and opposition to a gay rights agenda? Do you not realize that all countries that have promoted this agenda have reaped NO benefits from it? Maybe you should really consider what you are posting.

      December 18, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anthropologist

      Family Research Council is a hate group according to the Southern Poverty Law Center:

      December 18, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • No-Way-Jose

      The only people that believe the Family Research Council is a hate group are those that hate decency and hate people that stand in their way of their quest to turn America into a land of debauchery and liberality.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • No-Way-Jose

      The Southern Poverty Law Center is full of feces.

      December 18, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
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