By a 234-194 vote Thursday, the House of Representatives voted to overturn the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Three North Carolina Democrats broke ranks with their party to side with Republicans in rejecting the amendment that was tacked onto a defense spending bill.
Here’s how North Carolina’s House delegation voted:
Rep. Bob Etheridge – 2nd District
Rep. Walter Jones – 3rd District
Rep. Virginia Foxx – 5th District
Rep. Howard Coble – 6th District
Rep. Mike McIntyre – 7th District
Rep. Sue Myrick – 9th District
Rep. Patrick McHenry – 10th District
Rep. Heath Shuler – 11th District
A similar amendment also passed the Senate Armed Services Committee on a 16-12 vote Thursday. U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) voted in favor of repeal, while U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) was among the one dozen senators voting against the provision.
As others have noted, the amendment does not mean an immediate repeal of DADT. Under a compromise proposal, repeal would take effect after the Pentagon publishes the results of a survey on how service members view this change. The President and top defense officials must also certify that repeal would not adversely affect the military’s ability to fight.