Republicans Block Bill to Lift Military Gay Ban

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans have blocked an effort to repeal the law banning gays from serving openly in the military.

The partisan vote was a defeat for gay rights groups who saw the provision in a defense authorization bill as their last chance any time soon to overturn the law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation, which authorized $726 billion in defense spending including a pay raise for troops.

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins had been seen as the crucial 60th vote because she supports overturning the military ban. But Collins sided with her GOP colleagues in arguing that Republicans weren't given sufficient leeway to offer amendments to the wide-ranging policy bill.

There were 56 YEAs, 43 NAYs and 1 NOT VOTING

Alphabetical by Senator Name
Akaka (D-HI), Yea
Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Baucus (D-MT), Yea
Bayh (D-IN), Yea
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Bennett (R-UT), Nay
Bingaman (D-NM), Yea
Bond (R-MO), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Brown (R-MA), Nay
Brownback (R-KS), Nay
Bunning (R-KY), Nay
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Burris (D-IL), Yea
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Nay
Conrad (D-ND), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
DeMint (R-SC), Nay
Dodd (D-CT), Yea
Dorgan (D-ND), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Ensign (R-NV), Nay
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feingold (D-WI), Yea
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Goodwin (D-WV), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Gregg (R-NH), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Hutchison (R-TX), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Inouye (D-HI), Yea
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Kaufman (D-DE), Yea
Kerry (D-MA), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Kohl (D-WI), Yea
Kyl (R-AZ), Nay
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Lautenberg (D-NJ), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
LeMieux (R-FL), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Lieberman (ID-CT), Yea
Lincoln (D-AR), Nay
Lugar (R-IN), Nay
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Murkowski (R-AK), Not Voting
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Nelson (D-NE), Yea
Pryor (D-AR), Nay
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Nay
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Snowe (R-ME), Nay
Specter (D-PA), Yea
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Voinovich (R-OH), Nay
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Webb (D-VA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea

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  • by Mike Hunt Location: Geneva on Sep 22, 2010 at 04:08 PM
    Kate has a cause! But she is still an idiot! She is the one who is contributing to the down fall of this once great country.
  • by kate on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM
    One KEY DIFFERENCE is legality....and pedophillia is not.
  • by Erik Location: Wiregrass on Sep 22, 2010 at 09:31 AM
    poor kate.. Unable to make sense from COMMON.... homosexuality is not genetic.. it is an aberration, outside the norm, deviant... EXACTLY the same as pedophillia.. it is a mental problem. Not one person is being prevented from serving. Those that want to open show and flaunt their deviant behaviour get to enjoy the consequences. Those that do not do so, serve with pride. The same can be said for the kiddie pervert.. dont ask, dont tell... if one proclaims themself to be a social deviant.. out they go too.
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Sep 22, 2010 at 07:47 AM
    Kate, compare the homosexuality to ANY type perversion you like. If you dont understand that many people have moral standards that consider homosexuality a perversion then you arent as open minded as you think you are.
  • by kate on Sep 22, 2010 at 07:20 AM
    Wow Joey, your rationale is so dead on when you compare homosexuality to child molestation! Does that even make sense? Something consensual directly compared with sexual assault? But we're getting off topic---#1 this is clearly a republican issue because of their votes, so they clearly have a problem with gays...if not they themselves then most definitely their constituents (as proof by this comment board) Kicking someone out of the military for being gay is like kicking someone out for having green eyes. WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT to be picky about who protects you? (actually- gay service men and women do) How ironic. I never said you have to like EVERYTHING about a person, (that's an illogical conclusion from my other post joey) And, I'm not even gay...I just don't have patience for close minded people defending prejudice. Why not just ban gays from other places too? Why not make gay water fountains and bathrooms? Oh wait...I thought we moved on from that (but I guess not)
  • by Kate Location: Ozark on Sep 21, 2010 at 06:37 PM
    Well I was going to throw the GOP a bone by leaving racism out of it...but you went there for me...Hating gays isn't enough, you have to hate everyone who isn't just like you.
  • by Joey Location: dothan on Sep 21, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    Kate, the term homophobe implies that someone is afraid of homosexuals. Many people arent afraid of homosexuals at all. They just believe that homosexuality is a perversion much like child molestaion and beastiality. No fear of it at all just a very strong dislike for it because they believe it to be wrong. I have friends who I love very much who are homosexuals, but I dont agree with that part of their lives. If you have to like everything about a person that makes you pretty shallow to me. So if you dont like heterosexuals would that make you a hetorophobe? And would it make you a closet heterosexual? Many members of some minorities want the majority to be understanding about their feelings but they dont seem to want to extend that same courtesy to the majority.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 21, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    Kate, Did you happen to think that most of the votes against the bill was because Reid slipped the DREAM Act in there too? Perhaps instead of accusing the Repubs of being homophobes, you should thank them for saving even more of your tax dollars by not giving illegal students a free ride to citizenship. Or are you good with that too?
  • by Kate Location: Ozark on Sep 21, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    you know Homophobes are the deepest of closeted homosexuals....I guess the GOP is just really gay.
  • by Good Deal on Sep 21, 2010 at 02:29 PM
    More evidence of change you can believe in,Let's see don't the democraps control the house and the senate? But they still blame the other side for everything. Maybe some of the democraps are waking up? November is coming soon,be sure to vote for the candidate of your choice.
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