Obama to Senate: Revisit the gay ban this year
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is urging the Senate to
try again to repeal the military's ban on openly gay service
members before the end of the year.
Obama made the appeal Thursday shortly after Senate Republicans
voted to block an effort in the Senate to end the "don't ask,
don't tell" policy.
The president expressed disappointment with the vote. But he
said in a statement that, in his words, "It must not be the end of
The Senate has little time left to vote again before the
holidays. Next year, when a new Senate convenes, the Democratic
majority will be narrower and repealing the ban will likely face
Obama thanked Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the only Republican
to vote to advance the legislation.