Congress moves to end ban on gays in military

(AP) - The House of Representatives and Senate have voted torepeal the 1993 law known as "don't ask, don't tell" and allowgays to serve openly in the military.

The House vote Thursday came several hours after the SenateArmed Services Committee took the same course and approved ameasure repealing the policy that prohibits service by gays whoopenly acknowledge their sexual orientation.

The House was a victory for President Barack Obama, who haspushed for a change in military policy, and for gay rights groupwho have made an end to "don't ask, don't tell" their toplegislative priority.

Republicans voted overwhelmingly against lifting the ban, sayingCongress should wait until the Pentagon completes a review of theimpact of a repeal on military life and readiness.

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