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Most Catholics in US Congress voted to repeal "don't ask, don't tell"

December 22, 2010

Of the 160 Catholics serving in the current US Congress (135 in the House of Representatives, 25 in the Senate), 117 voted to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that had barred homosexuals from serving openly in the military.

Thus 73% of the Catholics in Congress approved the new policy-- signed into law by President Obama-- which will allow avowed homosexuals to enlist in the armed services.

Fewer than one-fourth of the Catholic legislators (a total of 39, or 24.4%) voted to retain the "don't ask, don't tell policy. Four Catholic legislators did not cast a ballot on the measure.


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  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 23, 2010 1:25 AM ET USA

    I'd be willing to bet that most (if not all) of these politicians don't even know what the Church's teaching is and this wasn't helped by the bishops who were noticeably absent for the discussion. Perhaps they don't know either?

  • Posted by: annemarie - Dec. 22, 2010 9:55 PM ET USA

    Many of the "Catholic" legislators who voted for the bills are probably CINOs, taking their cue from the USCCB. Need I say more!?

  • Posted by: bnewman - Dec. 22, 2010 9:46 PM ET USA

    Remember this when a candidate for election claims to be Catholic. Perhaps, but what kind of Catholic.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Dec. 22, 2010 8:55 PM ET USA

    And where were our bishops on this one? Oh, yeah, they were busy pushing for the DREAM act.