The repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is being debated on C-SPAN—you can watch live here—as part of a defense spending bill. A vote is expected soon.

UPDATE 4:10: Meanwhile, Towleroad reports that the Senate Armed Services Committee voted against DADT:

HRC: Moments ago we received word that the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to repeal the failed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. This historic action is the first time Congress has ever taken a vote to repeal the ban on openly lesbian and gay service members in its nearly 17 year history.

Voting no:

Jim Webb (Virginia)
John McCain (Arizona)
James M. Inhofe (Oklahoma)
Jeff Sessions (Alabama)
Saxby Chambliss (Georgia)
Lindsey Graham (South Carolina)
John Thune (South Dakota)
Roger F. Wicker (Mississippi)
George S. LeMieux (Florida)
Scott Brown (Massachusetts)
Richard Burr (North Carolina)
David Vitter (Louisiana)

UPDATE 4:15: The House debate continues—mostly about the overarching military spending—leading up to a full floor vote.

UPDATE: 4:45: Republican representatives keep coming back to the subject of DADT, even though it's not the allotted time to debate the measure. At the top of their criticisms: Although the Murphy Amendment calls for a review by the Penatgon to be completed by December—and then actually repealing it when certain requirements are met—passing the measure means certain death to their treasured anti-gay discrimination.


"The headline will say, 'DADT repealed.'" says Rep Buck McKeon (R-CA). He notes, "The senate didn't wait for us. The die is already cast if we pass this tonight." The bigot adds, "Our responsibility is to look out for young men and women defending us." Um, exactly?

UPDATE 5:20: McKeon won't let up: "Those troops, they are going to see it's repealed. It's done. It's a done deal."

In other assholes, another Congressman (I missed which one) notes, "Homosexuality is incompatible with military service. There are some trying to the make argument that tolerance requires a moral equivalency. It does not when it comes to homosexuality."

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UPDATE 5:50: DADT amendment passes by voice vote, but McKeon calls for recorded vote. Roll call on amendment from Jay Inslee (D-WA) is currently underway. Stay tuned.

UPDATE 6:55: House members are voting now on the Murphy amendment to repeal DADT.