May 28, 2010 at 9:57 am EDT | by Chris Johnson
Obama reacts to congressional votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask’

President Obama issued a statement Thursday following successful votes to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in both the House and the Senate.

The president said he’s “pleased” with the outcome while maintaining the importance of the Pentagon study on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” due at the end of the year:

“I have long advocated that we repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’, and I am pleased that both the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee took important bipartisan steps toward repeal tonight.  Key to successful repeal will be the ongoing Defense Department review, and as such I am grateful that the amendments offered by Representative Patrick Murphy and Senators Joseph Lieberman and Carl Levin that passed today will ensure that the Department of Defense can complete that comprehensive review that will allow our military and their families the opportunity to inform and shape the implementation process.  Our military is made up of the best and bravest men and women in our nation, and my greatest honor is leading them as Commander-in-Chief. 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.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

  • In reading Mr. McCain’s threat to filibuster against the DADT provisions in the bill, I wonder how many gays in Arizona this weekend will buy beer from Mrs. McCain’s beer distributorship. This seem like “biting the hand that feeds you.”

  • What kind of lackluster response was that from Obama? I am really starting to think he is opposed to LGBT rights, and God knows his actions to support DOMA and delay the Repeal of DADT provide evidence that he is against us. As for Robert’s post about the McCain beer distributorship, I would like to know which brand of beer we are talking about, so I can boycott it, although this might only apply to people in Arizona.

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