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House Votes to Allow Gays to Serve Openly in Military

The House of Representatives voted Thursday night to allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces.The vote repeals a 17-year-old law called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. The policy permitted gays and lesbians to serve in the military, so long as they did not declare their sexual orientation. In exchange, the military brass would not inquire service members about their sexual preference.“This is devastating to the war fighters and the combat infantrymen,” said Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill.But many Democrats, like Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., likened the policy to race discrimination.“It didn’t make sense then and it doesn’t make sense now,” said Lewis, a civil rights figure. “It is an affront to human dignity.”The military has discharged some 13,000 service members since the "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy went into effect.Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., the first Iraq war veteran to serve in Congress, authored the House proposal.Earlier Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee vot...

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