The U.S. House of Representatives is voting today on a defense bill that could end the "don't ask, don't tell" ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military--a change supporters compare to the integration of the armed services in the 1940s, the Associated Press reports. The bill would provide a framework for ending the policy, letting the president and the Pentagon decide the issue rather than the Congress. The Senate Armed Services Committee as well as the House voted on Thursday to include the repeal plan in the policy bill, and President Barack Obama praised the votes. "This legislation will help make our Armed Forces even stronger and more inclusive by allowing gay and lesbian soldiers to serve honestly and with integrity," he said. The bill is expected to pass in the House today, and then the debate will shift to the Senate. But opponents say not so fast.
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