Mississippi, Alabama Senators Oppose Repeal

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi's U.S. senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, along with Alabama's senators, Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, were among the Senate Republicans who blocked an effort by Democrats and the White House to lift the ban on gays from serving openly in the military.

The measure needed 60 votes to pass. Fifty-four Democrats voted in favor of the repeal. Forty Republicans and three Democrats opposed it.

The mostly partisan vote Tuesday was a setback for gay rights groups who saw the legislation as their best hope for repeal of the 17-year-old law known as "don't ask, don't tell."

Sessions says it's wrong to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" without completing a study of how it would affect troop readiness and morale.

Democrats included the repeal provision in a $726 billion defense policy bill, which authorizes a pay raise for the troops among other popular programs.

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  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Sep 26, 2010 at 12:15 AM
    If you were laying on a battlefield wounded would you care about the race,sex. religion, or sexual orientation of the person that came to save your butt? I am white straight male Christian but would be thankful to have a black gay female Muslim risk their life to save me. If you are honest with yourself you know this is all a soldier cares about. They may not like what the person is in their personal life they just care about who is going to be there when they need them. [weren't blacks and women once not allowed and look at what they have done]
  • by bubba Location: sitting on the fence on Sep 23, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    WHY CAN'T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?? they just might be more willing to die for their country then many others that serve. they are in there now just undercover and they are in the same rooms or barracks you speak of they just keep it under cover. at least if they are able to be open about it a aperson would know to keep their pants up in certain situations. how many men and woman that have died already for this country in the past severals years can we say were or were not gay?? just a lil food for thought
  • by Shelly Location: Meridian on Sep 23, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    Anonymous, I hate to break it to ya, the characteristics you just described for "Homosexuals" fit many "Heterosexuals" as well. As a Christian I can't condone it myself but your characterizations are just ignorant...... And guess what? There are plenty of Christian Heterosexuals out there who need mental and spiritual help as well......
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2010 at 05:01 AM
    Let me clarify something for all you civilians out there. The military's ban on homosexuals doesn't have anything to do with their "moral character" or how they live their life. It is based on where do you let them live. You can't expect a heterosexual man to share a room with an openly gay man. If you put all the gay men in their own barracks, then you are segregating them. Ask yourself this, would you be comfortable sharing a room with someone of the same sex that finds you sexually attractive? Would you want your son/daughter to have to live with that? That is the main issue.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 23, 2010 at 04:20 AM
    Do you think there's no homosexuals in the military now? Right or wrong they are severing now. I don't think it is acceptable any where.I love all people though Christ and I pray for our whole Nation.
  • by J. R. Location: Meridian on Sep 23, 2010 at 03:00 AM
    I must disagree with the comment posted earlier by "anonymous". I am a 28-year-old gay man and would put my integrity, honesty, and morals up against anyone's. Here's a little information about me: I was a local restaurant owner for 5 years and for about 3 of those also worked in radio. My partner and I do not smoke, drink, or go to bars/clubs. Instead we travel, spend time with family, go to restaurants, mow the lawn, clean the house, and all the ordinary everyday things that anyone else does. Sure, there are morally corrupt homosexuals that party every night and can't control their lusts; but there are plenty of heterosexuals that do the same. A person's sexual orientation has absolutely nothing to do with how a person conducts themselves. A person's character and conduct is more of a reflection of their background and how they were raised. I have wonderful parents and grandparents who taught me right from wrong and so much more at an early age. Thanks & have a great day!
  • by anonymous Location: Meridian on Sep 22, 2010 at 05:03 PM
    The point is that Homosexuals and lesbians do not have good character. They are morally corrupt and cannot be trusted. They cannot control their lusts and will prey on anyone to whom they have access. We certainly do not need to welcome them into our armed forces. They need help. Mental and spiritual.
  • by oh please on Sep 22, 2010 at 03:09 PM
    In this Country, where freedom of choice is valued, we still live in a stale mentality. I don't care if someone in the military is gay or lesbian. I do care that they have good character. That they keep the vow they took to protect our Country. It takes a special person to commit to our Military. THAT is what matters to me. They are willing to lay down their life for our freedoms, the freedoms we often take for granted. Who they love and commit their love too, is not what is important. Their commitment to our Country IS.
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