Military ban set to end despite last-minute objections

09/16/2011 | Washington Blade (Washington, D.C.)

Republican members of the House Armed Services Committee this week asked the Defense Department to delay lifting the ban on openly gay troops, arguing in a letter that Congress has not had time to review information about the readiness of the armed services to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. But a DOD spokesman dismissed that possibility, saying, "The repeal of 'don't ask don't tell' will occur, in accordance with the law and after a rigorous certification process, on Sept. 20."

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