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Posted: Saturday, December 11th, 2010 6:15 AM HST

Akaka co-sponsors bill to end 'don't ask' policy

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka is co-sponsoring stand-alone legislation to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gay men and lesbians from serving openly.

In a statement Friday, Akaka said a recent Pentagon study showed that a large majority of troops are prepared to serve with openly gay service members.

A member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, he says congressional action that results in orderly implementation of a new policy is preferable to a judicial order.

Language repealing the "don't ask" policy was to be tacked onto a broad defense policy bill on Thursday. But the move couldn't attract the necessary 60 votes in the Senate.

Advocates hope the new measure will pass after a tax cut compromise is approved.

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