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The Senate voted 65-31 on Saturday to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell, defeating a 17-year policy of banning gay and lesbian service members from serving openly in the military. Six Republicans initially crossed the aisle to vote against the policy: Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio).
The military's prohibition of openly gay people serving within its ranks is one step closer to ending, after the Senate voted Saturday to repeal the armed forces' "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
Today the U.S. Senate voted on legislation that will allow for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT).  This historic action comes on the heels of the passage of an identical bill Wednesday in the U.S. House of Representatives.  President Obama has said that he will sign DADT repeal into law.
Today the U.S. House of Representatives voted 250-175 on legislation to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT). This historic action is the second time the House passed repeal legislation this year. In May the House passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), to which repeal legislation was successfully attached.
Today the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, applauded Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Patrick Murphy for introducing a free-standing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repeal bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced the companion bill, S.4023, last week after the failed Senate vote to proceed to debate on the National Defense Authorization Act. The Senate bill currently has 40 bipartisan cosponsors.
The effort to pass “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal legislation as a stand-alone measure is gaining momentum with 40 bipartisan cosponsors already, today said the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation.
Last week the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, called on President Obama to end the legal defence of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and to halt discharges of lesbian, gay and bisexual service members in the wake of news that the Senate will not finish the job on legislative repeal. 
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), America's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organisation, expressed disappointment today after the U.S. Senate blocked legislation that would have repealed the military's policy of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'
The Empowering Spirits Foundation (ESF), a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organisation has finalised a collaborative funding partnership with TRU, an independent consulting company which helps businesses save money on payment processing products and services.
Today the Human Rights Campaign, America’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organisation, praised the bipartisan proposal under the leadership of Sens.
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