POSTED: Wednesday, March 3, 2010 - 4:56pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 10:07pm
Congress holds hearings on whether to allow gays to serve openly in military...
In the U.S. Senate there’s a new bill to end the military's ban on gays and the policy known as don't ask don't tell.
"It is time for don’t ask don’t tell to go," said Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman.
This time, lawmakers claim broad public support.
Seventy five percent say they should be able to serve, said democratic Senator Carl Levin of Michigan.
There's also growing acceptance from the military.
"Sixty-six thousand gay men and women currently serve in our military. We owe them our respect,” said Retired Admiral Jamie Barnett.
Mike Almy was an Air Force Major, a decorated Iraq war vet.
He was asked, never told, but kicked out anyway.
"I’m outraged that I am now considered unfit for military service and yet our nation is now actively recruiting convicted felons," said Almy.
The Pentagon's top brass support a repeal but want more time.
"My personal view is that we should carefully study the implications of repeal, should that occur before we - before we make change," said general carter ham, Commanding General of U.S Army Europe.
The defense department is currently studying those implications
And expects to have a report by December 1st.
But some members of Congress aren't willing to wait.
Senator Lieberman acknowledges he doesn't yet have the sixty Senators needed to get the bill to a final vote.