WASHINGTON — The House has voted to repeal the 1993 law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell” and allow gays to serve openly in the military.
The House vote tonight came several hours after the Senate Armed Services Committee took the same course and approved a measure repealing the policy that prohibits service by gays who openly acknowledge their sexual orientation.
The House was a victory for President Barack Obama, who has pushed for a change in military policy, and for gay rights group who have made an end to “don’t ask, don’t tell” their top legislative priority.
Republicans voted overwhelmingly against lifting the ban, saying Congress should wait until the Pentagon completes a review of the impact of a repeal on military life and readiness.
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