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.
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