'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Showdown Looming In The Senate

09/20/2010 10:25 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

If both houses pass the law and it wins President Obama's signature as part of the 2011 defense authorization bill, all it would take to end the ban is a certification by Pentagon leaders that allowing gays to serve openly would not hurt military readiness. That decision would likely come around year's end following a Pentagon study, now underway, into the impact of lifting the ban.

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