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18 December 2010

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Montana

This is the third strike for the Phony Conservatives that fought to keep out of the military; African Americans, Women and now Gays, what a "Bunch Of Phonies" some of them are gay too.

FREELEO

MERRY CHRISTMAS GAY MEN AND WOMEN! IT IS A GOOD DAY TO BE AN AMERICAN!

Mel Smith

President Obama, 4 more years!

Cedric

Now I wonder why did two more vote "yes"? A change of heart maybe. Right now it is good to be an American. So happy for this!

ff

long overdue but I'm very happy they got it done.

terrell

I was surprised to see Kirk, my new Senator from IL vote for it. Good job and Senator Brown who won Kennedy's seat. He said he was an independent thinker

BH3000

This is truly a wonderful victory. I am also glad that it happended legislatively versus an Executive Order, since Executive Orders cannot and do not trump legislation passed by Congress. No Executive Order will stand against a legislative mandate. For this reason, many Executive Orders cite authorization from specific acts of Congress rather than vague or perceived powers somehow granted to the Executive without explicitly saying so in the Constitution. Those Executive Orders that are not authorized through Congressional acts frequently contain some other purported justification such as the reference to "executive power" in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution. Therefore, a legislative victory is the law and could only be changed by an act of Congress or by the Supreme Court who may deem the law unconstitutional, since Congress has the power to change the laws of the land. When a President signs an Executive Order, the President has the authority to make sure that this law is faithfully executed while they are in office. However, the Executive Order can be changed or removed by the next President. This was the best way to affirm its legality without being trumped by a law passed in Congress at a later date or to have an Executive Order repealed by a different administration.

FREELEO

It would have been lovely to have had your clear and concise reason as to, "Why doesn't Obama just do something?" a few months ago.

I'm just glad this whole long dark night of DADT is over. Now onto the next long dark night of marriage equality.

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