U.S. House Sends "Dont Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal to Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) - Legislation allowing openly gay people to
serve in the military has cleared the House and now heads to what
could be a tough fight in the Senate.

The House approved a defense spending bill that contains a
provision to repeal the 1993 "don't ask, don't tell" law that
demands that gays serving in the military keep their sexual
orientation secret.

Senate opponents are expected to mount strong resistance,
including filibustering the defense bill, when it hits the Senate
floor this summer.

If it clears the Senate, the repeal would become law only after
a Pentagon study on its impact and after the president and military
leaders certify that the policy change will not affect the
military's fighting ability.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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