Friday, May 28, 2010
The effort to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military passed two critical tests Thursday, with the U.S. House of Representatives and an important Senate committee endorsing a compromise to end the vehemently homophobic, Clinton-era policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
Late Thursday, in a vote in the House, lawmakers endorsed an amendment that would repeal the ban by 234 to 194. In the largely party-line vote, 26 Democrats joined 168 Republicans in opposition. Five Republicans supported the repeal.
Earlier, in a closed session, the Senate Armed Services Committee endorsed the plan, 16-12. The measure now goes on to to a full Senate vote.