Late last night, the House of Representatives approved an amendment to repeal the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, and Ron Paul was one of the few Republicans who voted in favor of it:
WASHINGTON — The House voted Thursday to let the Defense Department repeal the ban on gay and bisexual people from serving openly in the military, a major step toward dismantling the 1993 law widely known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
The provision would allow military commanders to repeal the ban. The repeal would permit gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military for the first time.
It was adopted as an amendment to the annual Pentagon policy bill, which the House is expected to vote on Friday. The repeal would be allowed 60 days after a Pentagon report is completed on the ramifications of allowing openly gay service members, and military leaders certify that it would not be disruptive. The report is due by Dec. 1.
The House vote was 234 to 194, with 229 Democrats and 5 Republicans in favor, after an emotionally charged debate. Opposed were 168 Republicans and 26 Democrats.
he five Republican yes votes were Louisiana’s Joseph Cao, newly elected Hawaii Congressman Charles Djou, Illinois Congresswoman Judy Biggert, Florida’s Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, and Ron Paul.
Good for all of them, and good for you Congressman Paul.