Congress votes to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell'

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 16, 2010 01:12




The US House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that for 17 years has forced gays desiring to serve in the military to conceal their sexual identity.

The 250-175 vote propels the issue to the Senate for what could be the last chance for now to end the 1993 law that forbids recruiters from asking about sexual orientation while prohibiting soldiers from acknowledging that they are gay.

It is "the only law in the country that requires people to be dishonest or be fired if they choose to be honest," said Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat.


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