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DADT Repealed: It Is Time To Take Names

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December 18, 2010  |  theysaid

By Joseph Christopher Rocha

It took 17 years for the United States Congress to decide that our gay and lesbian service-members are equal human beings to their straight counterparts. Yet, still 206 members of Congress voted against this.

It is time to take names.

Many of these 206 members of Congress who voted against valuing our gay troops blood and sacrifice as equal to their straight counterparts feared that repealing DADT would lead to an avalanche of gay rights across this Country. I expect nothing less.

It is veterans who won this battle. Many honorable organizations undoubtedly provided the outlet and tiresome behind-the-scenes work, but as we saw in 1993, that was not enough. I am confident that in the spirit of Harvey Milk’s cry of “you must come out,” it was our veterans’ willingness to brave the scrutiny of the media and the opposition that got us to this historic day. They selflessly lent their face to this movement.

No longer could the lies and hatred of Senator’s like McCain and Representatives like Duncan Jr. carry any weight against the courageous faces, stories, lives and sacrifice of this community’s veterans.

As the years go by and we see honorable gay men and women ascend the ranks of every branch of our Armed Forces, we will see the final deterioration of bigotry across this land. When someone dare say we are not equally entitled to marriage or job protection, a little girl or a little boy will one day soon stand up in protest and say Gays are military Heroes!”

And how, might I ask, will the opposition to equality dare say that our men and women in uniform – and their families – have not earned equality? It is time to take names.

I refuse to have my young siblings, the children of my straight friends and hopefully, one day, children of my own, grow up in a country that sponsors and upholds institutionalized discrimination. Today, the will of this Nation, the cry for liberty, was manifested in law. We will see to it, through our votes, through our financing and through the support of the allies of equality across this nation, that each one of the 206 members who voted against Repeal LOSE THEIR NEXT ELECTIONS.

You see, a vote against repeal is not a vote against the gay community alone. It is an attack against the minority. Today, it is the gay population. Tomorrow, it could be you.

It is time to take names.

Earlier this year, I was honored to have testified in the Federal Court Challenge to the constitutionality of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. We won that case. We won that case before a conservative, “no nonsense” Judge because our case, the case for equality, is supported by Justice. Let there be no mistake, the 206 members of Congress who voted against equality have waged war on the United States Constitution and the protections guaranteed within.

It is time to take names.

Susan B Anthony. Dr. Martin Luther King. Harvey Milk. These legendary men and women dedicated their lives to equality and did not live to see it to fruition. Let’s rejoice, that we are their living legacy and today guaranteed that we will live to see the dawn of equality. I am asked in every media interview why I would serve once more in uniform after I was treated like an animal by my superiors while serving overseas. I respond the same every time: those men and women who abused me are not representative of the military I love, nor of the values of this country for which I will give my life.

Today, so many of us will prepare to put back on those uniforms.

Today, 206 members of Congress voted to disgrace our beloved nation. Please, take note:

United States Senators Who Voted Against Repeal

Alexander (R-TN)

Barrasso (R-WY)

Bennett (R-UT)

Bond (R-MO)

Brownback (R-KS)

Chambliss (R-GA)

Coburn (R-OK)

Cochran (R-MS)

Corker (R-TN)

Cornyn (R-TX)

Crapo (R-ID)

DeMint (R-SC)

Enzi (R-WY)

Graham (R-SC)

Grassley (R-IA)

Hutchison (R-TX)

Inhofe (R-OK)

Isakson (R-GA)

Johanns (R-NE)

Kyl (R-AZ)

LeMieux (R-FL)

Lugar (R-IN)

McCain (R-AZ)

McConnell (R-KY)

Risch (R-ID)

Roberts (R-KS)

Sessions (R-AL)

Shelby (R-AL)

Thune (R-SD)

Vitter (R-LA)

Wicker (R-MS)

Senators not willing to be bothered with a vote:

Bunning (R-KY)

Gregg (R-NH)

Hatch (R-UT)

Manchin (D-WV)

United States Representatives Who Voted Against Repeal:

Aderholt

Akin

Alexander

Austria

Bachmann

Bachus

Bartlett

Barton (TX)

Biggert

Bilbray

Bilirakis

Bishop (UT)

Blackburn

Blunt

Boehner

Bonner

Bono Mack

Boozman

Boustany

Brady (TX)

Bright

Broun (GA)

Brown-Waite, Ginny

Buchanan

Burgess

Burton (IN)

Buyer

Calvert

Camp

Campbell

Cantor

Cao

Capito

Carter

Cassidy

Castle

Chaffetz

Coble

Coffman (CO)

Cole

Conaway

Crenshaw

Culberson

Dahlkemper

Davis (KY)

Dent

Diaz-Balart, L.

Diaz-Balart, M.

Djou

Dreier

Duncan

Ehlers

Emerson

Fallin

Flake

Fleming

Forbes

Fortenberry

Foxx

Franks (AZ)

Frelinghuysen

Gallegly

Garrett (NJ)

Gerlach

Giffords

Gingrey (GA)

Gohmert

Goodlatte

Granger

Graves (GA)

Graves (MO)

Griffith

Guthrie

Hall (TX)

Harper

Hastings (WA)

Heller

Hensarling

Herger

Hunter

Issa

Jenkins

Johnson (IL)

Johnson, Sam

Jones

Jordan (OH)

King (IA)

King (NY)

Kingston

Kirk

Kline (MN)

Kratovil

Lamborn

Lance

Latham

LaTourette

Latta

Lee (NY)

Lewis (CA)

Linder

LoBiondo

Lucas

Luetkemeyer

Lummis

Lungren, Daniel E.

Mack

Manzullo

Marchant

McCarthy (CA)

McCaul

McClintock

McCotter

McHenry

McKeon

McMorris

Mica

Miller (FL)

Miller (MI)

Miller, Gary

Minnick

Mitchell

Moran (KS)

Murphy, Tim

Myrick

Neugebauer

Nunes

Nye

Olson

Paul

Paulsen

Pence

Petri

Pitts

Platts

Poe (TX)

Posey

Price (GA)

Putnam

Radanovich

Rehberg

Reichert

Roe (TN)

Rogers (AL)

Rogers (KY)

Rogers (MI)

Rohrabacher

Rooney

Ros-Lehtinen

Roskam

Royce

Ryan (WI)

Scalise

Schmidt

Schock

Sensenbrenner

Sessions

Shadegg

Shimkus

Shuster

Simpson

Smith (NE)

Smith (NJ)

Smith (TX)

Stearns

Sullivan

Terry

Thompson (PA)

Thornberry

Tiahrt

Tiberi

Turner

Upton

Walden

Westmoreland

Whitfield

Wilson (SC)

Wittman

Wolf

Young (AK)

Representatives not willing to be bothered with a vote:

Barrett (SC)

Brown (SC)

Childers

Gutierrez

Hoekstra

Inglis

Kirkpatrick (AZ)

Meek (FL)

Moore (WI)

Taylor

Wamp

Young (FL)



2 Comments


  1. Great work, Joseph! I will definitely yot those names down. They don’t deserve to represent Americans!

  2. You left out Dan Boren 2nd Dist, Oklahoma, Demo, who voted no on DADT

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010 – Vote Passed (250-175, 9 Not Voting)

    The House passed this bill repealing a 1993 law prohibiting homosexuals from serving openly in the military. The Senate passed the bill several days later, clearing it for the president’s signature.

    Rep. Dan Boren voted NO……send e-mail or see bio

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