In 'Dramatic Breakthrough,' Obama Signs 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Compromise

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After a series of meetings in the White House today, President Obama has signed a compromise between lawmakers and the defense department that would remove a key barrier on the road to repealing "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy. The compromise stipulates that lawmakers will vote in the next few days on a repeal of the military policy; if it passes the vote, it wouldn’t be implemented until the Pentagon completed a study about the impact it would have on the troops. Gay rights advocates called the development a “dramatic breakthrough” that they believe indicates the policy will finally be taken down, the Post reports, as it "puts us one step closer to removing this stain from the laws of our nation."

Obama endorses 'don't ask, don't tell' compromise in Congress [WP]