House votes to repeal ban on open gays in military
WASHINGTON (AP) - The House has voted to repeal the "don't ask,
don't tell" policy that has stifled the service of gays in the
The strong 250-175 House vote to end the policy that since 1993
has barred openly gay people from military service shifts the
debate to the Senate. There,
Democratic leaders are trying to squeeze in a vote in the final hours of this session of Congress.
President Barack Obama and others trying to repeal the policy
are anxious to get a vote this year.
Their concern is that Republicans, who take over the House and gain strength in the
Senate next year, will move the issue to the legislative back