House votes to repeal military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy

clipped from www.mcclatchydc.com
WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted 234 to 194 Thursday night to repeal the military’s 17-year-old policy that prohibits gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the nation’s armed forces.
The historic House vote followed the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to end former President Bill Clinton’s 1993 “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military but subjects them to expulsion if their sexual orientation becomes known.

Supporters of repealing the “Don’t Ask” say that 13,500 service personnel have been dismissed from the armed forces under the policy.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a Navy veteran who opposes repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” solicited letters from the four military chiefs saying that changing the policy before the Pentagon finishes its review would send the wrong message to service members.
70 percent of Americans support allowing openly gay men and lesbians to serve in the military, while 25 percent oppose it…. says pollster Gallup.
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Senate could vote on it this week.

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