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House passes "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal as Crist changes mind

The bill to lift the ban on gays serving in the military cleared the House last night with 234 to 194 vote. Just 5 Republicans voted in favor -- including Miami's Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

Kendrick Meek had hoped to use the issue in his U.S. Senate bid to define himself against the newly independent Gov. Charlie Crist, but the governor said Thursday he'd be inclined to back the Senate -- which is expected to clear the bill soon.

Meek voted for repeal Thursday, along with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart voted against lifting the ban.

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Marianne Green

Losing vital military translators because of their sexual orientation is the down-side of the policy.
The upside of the policy is that military leaders are as thorough and careful in working to effect this cultural change as they were in overcoming racial bias. Note that WWII facilitated military racial integration. Mideast wars are an impetus to this change. Unchanged is the stupidity of the Congress to act without regard to the military study for effective implementation of a changed policy. The big question is the truth in the law's condition that no change will occur until after the military completes the study. Nobody shouted `You lie!' . . yet.

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