Posted: June 1, 2010 in WORLD NEWZ

On Friday, the House vote was 229 to 186, with 220 Democrats and 9 Republicans in favor and 160 Republicans and 26 Democrats opposed.

President Obama supports a repeal of the ban, as does the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen. The bill would allow the Defense Department to end the ban 60 days after military leaders receive a report on the ramifications of openly gay and lesbian soldiers along with the assurance that doing so would not disrupt the armed forces.

On Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved an amendment to its version of the Pentagon policy bill that would similarly allow a repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” The full Senate is expected to take up the measure within the next few weeks.

Supporters of lifting the ban described doing so as a matter of civil rights, and said it would only make the nation safer. “I believe repealing this policy will make our military stronger and our nation more secure,” said Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Democrat of Florida.

But Republicans said that Democrats were intent on destabilizing the military in order to advance a liberal social agenda.

Homosexuality is being accepted in this country more and more everyday. It is okay for gays and lesbians to serve in the military but it’s not okay for them to speak on their personal life. If the new bill is accepted by the Senate and the old policy is repealed, do you think we’ll see an increase in hate crimes?

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