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Lincoln Diaz-Balart votes to repeal military's Don't Ask, Don't tell policy

A stand-alone bill to repeal the ban on gays serving in the military just cleared the House by a 250 to 175 vote margin and outgoing Republican Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart was one of just 15 GOP'ers voting to retire it. Debate now shifts to the Senate, where Dems hope to hold a vote before Congress convenes for the year.

"Now is the time for us to act,'' said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and "close the door on a fundamental unfairness in our nation.'' 

Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen also voted for repeal; Mario Diaz-Balart voted against repeal.

Lincoln Diaz-Balart had said last May during debate on the matter that a repeal process should be followed.

"In keeping with that statement, and while I am opposed to the lack of transparency and fairness in the procedures followed today by the Congressional Majority, I have voted for the recommendations in the Comprehensive Review issued by the Department of Defense on November 30, 2010."

And he reiterated that he believes "that sexual preference should not even be a point of reference when judging individuals."

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Cynical Idealist

Just like a RINO, advocate one way, then vote another...

electric Jack

Hey Lincoln the dod census was a packed lie. Do you want to send your son or daughter to be forced to live with gay people? I sure do not want my family members forced to be put in a position of having a roommate that might play games after I fall asleep...7/8ths of the USMC say they will quit don't anyone ever listen to the people....One day the donkeyites will stop playing social games with the US Military that they hate and detest...Look at the facts folks how many absentee ballots have the likes of AL gore and every other donkeyite had thrown out of every election????

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