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House Votes to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Senate Vote Looming

The United  States House of Representatives voted yesterday to repeal the  discriminatory military ban on gays and lesbians serving openly, known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ The vote on the stand-alone measure was a cakewalk for the pro-repeal side; 250-175. Fifteen Republicans voted for repeal; fifteen democrats voted against it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who said the ban “contravenes our American values,” was thrilled. So was Maryland Democrat Steny Hoyer. “It is never too late to do the right thing,” he said.

The House bill now goes to the Senate where several key Republicans, such as Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Olympia Snow of Maine and Richard Lugar of Indiana have indicated they might vote to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Senator Susan Collins of Maine was the only Republican to vote to end the policy when the Senate voted on a broader military bill last week.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, as well as President Barack Obama, all have called for the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

 

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