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Move to Repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Blocked in U.S. Senate

Musician Lady Gaga spoke at a rally in support of repealing the so-called "don't ask, don't tell" law, in Portland, Maine, on Monday. She wanted Maine's Republican senators to cast votes this week to help repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military. (AP Photo/Pat Wellenbach)
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The military's infamous 17-year-old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy about serving while openly gay will continue after it failed to see the day of light in the U.S. Senate. An attempt to end a Republican filibuster on the 2011 Defense authorization bill didn't work when Senators voted 56 to 43. 60 votes were needed before an actual vote on ending the ban could be taken, according to TIME.

The issue is likely to come back after November's election. "This ain't over," said Sen. Joe Lieberman, the repeal's author. "It's long past time to repeal this policy."

Earlier this month, a federal judge in California ruled that the ban was unconstitutional.