MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's two Republican U.S. senators,
Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, were among the Senate Republicans
who blocked an effort by Democrats and the White House to lift the ban on gays from serving openly in the military.
The mostly partisan vote Tuesday was a setback for gay rights groups who saw the legislation as their best hope for repeal of the 17-year-old law known as "don't ask, don't tell." Sessions says it's wrong to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" without completing a study of how it would affect troop readiness and morale.
Democrats included the repeal provision in a $726 billion defense policy bill, which authorizes a pay raise for the troops among other popular programs.
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