Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Passes Senate Panel


The Senate Armed Services Committee has voted tonight to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from serving in the military. The measure — which passed by a 16–12 count — still needs to pass a vote in the House (which will take place Thursday evening or Friday). No changes will take place until a Pentagon study about the impact the new policy would have on the troops is completed, which likely won’t be until December 1. [WP]

Update: The House voted late Thursday night to let the Defense Department repeal the policy by a vote of 234–194. It was adopted as an amendment to the annual Pentagon policy bill, on which the House will likely vote Friday.