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Congress is set to vote on proposals to let gays serving in the military out of the closet and allow them to serve openly with an end to the controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
A bill by Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy could reach the House floor for a vote today. The legislation is a compromise with the White House with Pentagon backing and would give the military as much time as it wants to life the ban.
“We need to get this done and we need to get it done now,” Murphy says.
In the Senate, the Armed Services Committee will consider an identical bill sponsored by Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan and Joe Lieberman of Connecticut.
Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate say they have the votes to pass the measure.