Senate panel, House approve ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ compromise plan.

The U.S. House and a Senate committee approved amendments to…

The U.S. House and a Senate committee approved amendments to a military bill Thursday that would repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy barring openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service, but only after some conditions are met.

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 to approve compromise language on the repeal in an amendment to the military policy bill. The panel then voted 18-10 to send the bill to the full Senate.

In the House, the chamber voted 234-194 to add the amendment to its version of the defense policy bill. A final vote on the full bill was expected Friday.
President Obama praised the votes.

“I am pleased that both the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee took important bipartisan steps toward repeal tonight,” Obama said in a statement. “This legislation will help make our Armed Forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity.”

The Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, called it the first time since the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy came into effect during the Clinton administration that any congressional body voted to repeal it.

Source: CNN

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