House Votes to Lift Military's Ban on Homosexuals

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The House has voted in favor of a proposal to repeal the military's ban on homosexuals-- pushing the measure one step closer to final passage.

The 234-194 vote to overturn "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" came just hours after the Senate Armed Services Committee approved the proposal 16-12, Thursday.

Republicans voted overwhelmingly against lifting "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," which was first put in place in 1993.  They cited several military officials who feel repealing the policy would negatively affect troop morale and national security.

The measure was offered as an amendment to a defense spending bill.  The Senate will likely take up the legislation next month.

"This one will go down to the wire, and it won't be over until the vote," said Fred Sainz, a spokesman for Human Rights Campaign.

"We need to get this done, and we need to get it done now," Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., said.

The legislation is a compromise between the White House and the Defense Department.

Click here for an update on the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' vote with CBN News Washington Correspondent John Jessup.

Also, Gerson Moreno-Riano of the Regent University School of Government appeared on the May 27 edition of CBN Newschannel's Morning program to talk more this controversial issue. Click play for his comments.

"In a military which values honesty and integrity, this policy encourages deceit," Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., said.

If the measure passes, it would give the military as much time as it needs to lift the ban.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said he supports the repeal, but would rather have Congress wait to vote until he can talk to the troops and chart a path forward.

President Barack Obama and the Pentagon must also certify it will not hurt the military's ability to fight.

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