Military gay policy goes to U.S. Senate vote

 BBC News

U.S. senators will vote Tuesday on whether to begin debate on legislation that includes a repeal of the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military.

Senate Democrats have attached repeal of the law to a bill authorizing $726 billion US in military spending next year.

The vote is expected to be close amid campaigning for midterm congressional elections in November, which could see Republicans winning back majorities in the House of Representatives and possibly the Senate.

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