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Senate panel passes repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell'

By Ed O'Keefe

By The Post's Perry Bacon and Ed O'Keefe:

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to end "don't ask, don't tell," the controversial policy barring openly gay men and lesbians from serving in the military.
The measure, which passed 16 to 12, includes a provision ensuring that no change would take effect until after the Pentagon completes a study about its impact on troops, due to Congress Dec. 1.
The House was scheduled to vote late Thursday or Friday on an identical measure. Lawmakers there expect it to be approved, and the full Senate would vote on it next month.
The provision, which lawmakers are attaching to a $726 billion defense funding bill, would take effect only if the Defense Department study determines that changing the policy would not affect the military's ability to fight wars or recruit soldiers.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | May 27, 2010; 6:58 PM ET
Categories:  Congress, Military, Workplace Issues  
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