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Institute Index: "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

  • Date on which the Senate repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy prohibiting gay, lesbian and bisexual soldiers from serving openly in the military: Dec. 18, 2010

  • Number of U.S. service members who have been discharged under the policy since it was adopted in 1993: more than 13,300

  • Final Senate vote on the repeal measure: 65-31

  • Of the 11 states where both senators voted against repeal, number in the South: 6*

  • Of the 28 states where both senators voted for repeal, number in the South: 3**

  • Number of Democrats who voted against the repeal: 0

  • Number of Republicans who voted for the repeal: 8***

  • Date on which the House took a final vote to repeal DADT: Dec. 15, 2010

  • Final House vote on the repeal measure: 250-175

  • Number of days after the secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff signed a letter certifying that the change won't affect military readiness that the new policy will take effect: 60

  • Date on which the Pentagon released a report that concluded repealing DADT would present little risk to the armed forces' ability to carry out their missions: Nov. 30, 2010

  • In a Pentagon survey, percentage of U.S. military personnel overall who expressed negative views about the repeal's impact: about 30

  • Percentage of Marines who said it would have a negative effect: about 45

  • Percentage of combat-arms Marines who have a negative view of the repeal: 56

  • Percentage of Americans surveyed in a Washington Post-ABC News poll who said they favored ending DADT: 77

  • Percentage of the more than 54,000 respondents in a recent Fox News poll who said that ending the policy would not affect America's ability to defend itself: almost 61

  • Date on which Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who had been considered one of the likely GOP supporters of the START nuclear arms reduction pact, said he would vote against the treaty in part because of the DADT repeal: Dec. 19, 2010

This originally appeared in Facing South, the online magazine of the Institute for Southern Studies.

*Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas

** Arkansas, North Carolina, Virginia

*** Scott Brown (MA), Richard Burr (NC), Susan Collins (ME), John Ensign (NV), Mark Steven Kirk (IL), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Olympia Snowe (ME) and George Voinovich (OH)

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