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Groups Battle Over 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

Some conservative organizations are attempting one last push back in their fight to keep gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military.

Political Advocacy Tracker is a roundup of what Christian activist organizations have been talking about over the last week.

New Law, Old Fight

The Senate Armed Services Committee and the House of Representatives voted yesterday to overturn the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) policy prohibiting gays and lesbians from serving openly. The votes signal that conservative activists may be losing the battle over gays in the military.

The new law is a compromise between the White House and Capitol Hill that clears the way for the military to change the policy, but the repeal would not take place immediately. Before the repeal would take place, the Pentagon must finish its review of the policy, and the defense secretary and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff must agree that the repeal would not harm military readiness.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), called the compromise a "cultural time bomb, strapped on the backs of the men and women who honorably ...

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