The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the military policy known as Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Lawmakers voted 250 to 175 to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military—with 15 Republicans crossing party lines to vote for the bill and 15 Democrats voting against it. While Wednesday’s vote gives the bill new momentum, the ban will not be repealed until it is approved by the Senate and President Obama—who has said he supports ending the policy. The bill’s language originally appeared in the 800-page defense authorization bill passed by the House in May, but the defense bill failed a procedural vote in the Senate last week.
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