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Dems Reach Deal To Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'



The new agreement comes following a private White House meeting for gay rights groups and after months of protests that included Lt. Dan Choi chaining himself to the gates at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue to draw attention to the sluggish pace of President Obama's promise to repeal the policy. Sen. Carl Levin told TPMDC yesterday that the White House came around "in the last few days."

The Associated Press reports that Rep. Patrick Murphy, an Iraq war veteran, is expected to introduce the legislative proposal Tuesday, with a vote possible as early as Thursday. Republicans say they'll fight the proposal. Murphy (D-PA) on Monday sent the White House a letter from military leaders citing a Gallup poll from earlier this month showing 70 percent of Americans favor overturning the ban.

As we have reported, most Americans want the policy dropped, though the wording of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" question influences how people respond to pollsters. Young vets from the two current wars are more supportive of ending the ban.

Metro Weekly has more on the timing and early reaction here, reporting that Lieberman (I-CT) will introduce his version of the amendment later this week. Read the text of the amendment here.