“Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT), a 17-year-old bill passed during the Bill Clinton Administration, which many believed represented a severe step back for gay rights and the civil rights movement has been repealed, according to the Washington Post.
“This victory belongs to all who fought to end #DADT,” tweeted President Barack Obama. “Let our allies in Congress know how grateful we are for their help.”
DADT, which forbid gay soldiers in the United States military from serving openly, was struck down in the U.S. Senate on Saturday, Dec. 18. It was a decisive vote of 65 to 31, with eight Republicans crossing the aisle to join 57 Democrats.
“Can’t hold back the tears+pride,” tweeted Lady Gaga, who had been using her pop star status to campaign for the bill’s repeal. “We did it! Our voice was heard + today the Senate REPEALED DADT. A triumph for equality after 17 YEARS.”
Gaga is joined by other celebrities, who also reacted on Twitter:
Ellen DeGeneres, “The Ellen Show”: Thank you Senators for pushing us one step closer towards full equality. #NOH8 #LGBT #DADT
Danny DeVito, “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”: DADT good news. Way to go House and Senate. way to go Obama & everyone who worked for Repeal of DADT.
Audra McDonald, “Private Practice”: Couldn’t tweet my joy cuz kid was playing her piano recital but now I can…(Sing along) DING DONG DADT IS DEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”: #DADT REPEALED! So proud of Congress for making the right decision Now all soldiers can serve with integrity A gr8 day #NOH8
Boris Kodjoe, “Undercovers”: About time! The repeal of #DADT is finally official. Live and let live. Auf geht’s! Well done! RT @BarackObama: By ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” no longer will patriotic Americans be asked to live a lie in order to serve.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, “Modern Family”: Stepping closer to Equality! Good Job America!!!! Don’t Ask Don’t Tell closer to being on the “Remember-how-crazy-it-was-when…” list!
Adam Busch, “Buffy: The Vampire Slayer”: Good on you, America. #DADTRepealed
Andy Cohen, “Watch What Happens Live“: HOLY EQUALITY! Yes, Gays, there is a Santa Claus. I just decided to enlist!
Brad Goreski, “The Rachel Zoe Project”: what an amazing milestone!
Kathy Griffin, “My Life on the D-List”: You got it. How about…FINALLY! Equality IS coming! #DADT RT @IMTHESUN: @kathygriffin talk about DADT news! please!
Olivia Munn, “Attack of the Show,” “Perfect Couples”: Go ahead – Ask. Tell. #finally
Sophia Bush, “One Tree Hill”: In the direction of practicing kindness, #DADT was finally repealed! Yay! One step closer to equality and recognition!! #AboutF@$&ingTime
Austin Nichols, “One Tree Hill”: #DADT was repealed!!! Yah Humans!! Good job. WE ARE ALL ONE PEOPLE!!
Sandra Bernhard, comedian and actress: we did it! go tell it on the mountain, your gay and strong and loyal and sexy and can kick anybodies a** you want, goodbye dadt!
Ricky Martin, singer: One step closer to #equality!! #DADT is gone!Historical! #lgbt
Kathy Najimy, “King of the Hill,” “Sister Act”: having a big rave celebrating The repeal of the oppressive and soul sucking DADT! we’re toasting w/Jaeger & praying now they will repeal WAR
We’ll add more as we see them!
Editor’s note: We were unable to find any celeb tweets that outright tweeted against the repeal. We’ll post if we do.
How do you feel about the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”?