The House has passed the amendment sponsored by Rep. Patrick Murphy to begin repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell by a vote of 234-194. Five Repulicans voted in favor, while 26 Democrats voted against. The amendment repeals the statute on the books and also sets forth the certification process following the Pentagon review that I've described this week.
The House vote follows the vote to repeal the statute by the Senate Armed Services Committee. Later this summer there will be a full Senate vote, which despite McCain's threat to filibuster is fully expected to make cloture, as well as conference committee and the President's signature. But these two were the highest hurdles to clear, and it is big news that we have done so.
The fight is far from over, as supporters of repeal need to keep pressure on the Administration through next year, but as Tammy Baldwin said during House debate today, this is a step on the path towards full LGBT civil rights.