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Obama sees chance to overturn ban on military gays

President Barack Obama answers question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Barack Obama answers question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) (Charles Dharapak - AP)

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010; 1:53 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama says he still sees an opportunity to overturn the military's ban on gay servicemembers during Congress' upcoming lame-duck session.

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Speaking at a White House news conference Wednesday, Obama said repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy should not be a partisan issue. He says lawmakers must end the uncertainty created by lawsuits that leave gay servicemembers and the Pentagon in legal limbo.

Opponents of the ban worry that the window to repeal the policy is shrinking now that Republicans have taken control of the House and gained seats in the Senate.


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