WASHINGTON (AP) - A proposal to step up the repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military has won the White House's backing after administration officials met with gay rights activists.
The White House budget director on Monday evening sent a letter backing a proposal that would remove the Clinton-era "don't ask, don't tell" law even as the Pentagon continues a review of the system.
Implementation of policy for gays serving openly would still require the approval of President Barack Obama and the administration's military officials. How long implementation might take is not known.
An Iraq war veteran and Pennsylvania Democrat, Congressman Patrick Murphy, is expected to introduce the legislative proposal on Tuesday with a vote anticipated on Thursday.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Federal authorities have arrested a Russian woman accused of conspiring to infiltrate American political organizations at the direction of a senior Kremlin official.Full Story >
A man who watched the murder of four people at a Waffle House in Antioch, TN, recalls the harrowing experience.Full Story >
This year's sales event, which starts Monday afternoon, will be six hours longer than last year's and will launch new products.Full Story >