Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 08:23:25 +0200
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Congress: House repeals DADT
By a 234-194 vote last night, the House of Representatives repealed the military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. The New York Times: “It was adopted as an amendment to the annual Pentagon policy bill, which the House is expected to vote on Friday. The repeal would be allowed 60 days after a Pentagon report is completed on the ramifications of allowing openly gay service members, and military leaders certify that it would not be disruptive. The report is due by Dec. 1.”
The Senate Armed Service Committee, by a 16-12, approved a similar amendment repealing DADT.
President Obama released this statement last night: “I am pleased that both the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee took important bipartisan steps toward repeal tonight… Our military is made up of the best and bravest men and women in our nation, and my greatest honor is leading them as Commander-in-Chief. This legislation will help make our Armed Forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity.”
"The votes," the Washington Post says, "came after fierce debates on both sides of the Capitol. 'We're saying, "We're shoving this down your throat, we don't care,"' said Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), arguing that Congress should have waited to hear from the military before taking action. He added, 'The military is not a social experiment.'”