The New York Times quoted President Obama’s response to the outcome:
In a statement, Mr. Obama said he was “pleased” by the votes. “This legislation will help make our armed forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity,” he said.
Many sources reported that the debate on the floor of the House of Representatives leading up to the full vote was often an emotional one, with those opposing the amendment insisting that it undervalued the opinions of current service members and those in support standing up for the speediest possible repeal of a policy which Representative Tammy Baldwin called “un-American.”
Sources, including The Washington Independent, noted impassioned speeches by Reps. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), John Lewis (D-Ga.) and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who all described repeal as a “crucial moral test for America.”
Watch Representative John Lewis’ speech here:
FOX News contributor Ellen Ratner led the media criticism of Senator John McCain for continuing to oppose the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in her article today, “Good Riddance, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
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