Commentary

Timelines, Charts, ETC.

– President Obama consistently called for an end to DADT.

– By a vote of 234 to 194 [on May 27, 2010], the House of Representatives adopted an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would lead to the repeal of DADT in early 2011.

– The Senate Armed Servcies Committee (SASC) added an identical provision in the bill it reported to the Senate the same day.

– Senate John McCain (R-AZ) filibustered the entire NDAA, which included DADT repeal, on September 21, 2010, and again on December 9, 2010.

– Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense, told the SASC on December 2, 2010 that they wanted repeal to happen [in 2010].

– On December 15, 2010, the House passed a stand-alone DADT bill [H.R. 2965 ~ the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010], 250-175. This bill refleted the language of the repeal provision in the NDAA.

– On December 18, 2010, the Senate passed the House’s stand-alone DADT bill, 65-31.

– President Obama signed the [Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010] on December 22, 2010. However, repeal [had] yet to be certified [by the President, Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff], and DADT [remained] the law.

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