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House Votes to Repeal DADT

In a 16 to 12 vote, the Senate Armed Services Committee passed a measure that could pave the road to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the Clinton-era policy that bans openly gay men and women from serving in the military. Later, the House voted 234-194 for a Defense authorization bill that included the repeal of DADT. However, no changes will be made until the Pentagon finishes a study about its impact on troops. That report will go to Congress December 1. The measure will next pass through to the Senate, which will vote next month. Despite apparent support for the provision, the heads of four uniformed services are urging Congress to wait until the Pentagon study is completed over concerns about its impact on the military's "readiness."