US Senate blocks repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

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December 10, 2010 09:36

 
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 Republicans blocked a last-ditch effort in the US Senate to lift the military's ban on openly gay troops, rejecting another project pushed vigorously by President Barack Obama.

The 57-40 vote on Thursday fell three short of the 60 needed in the 100-member chamber to overcome procedural hurdles to lift the "don't ask, don't tell" policy that replaced in 1993 an outright ban on gays in the US military.

In his 2008 campaign for the presidency, Obama promised to overturn the law. More recently, he has declared it one of his top legislative priorities for the year.

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