This is a good modern example of the federal government taking the lead in human rights, like it did on issues ranging from giving blacks civil rights, giving women the right to vote, ending slavery, ending segregation, ending child labor, and so on. 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Nearing End? House Votes to Repeal Policy on Gays in the Military - ABC News The House of Representatives has voted by a 234-194 margin to repeal the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy toward gays in the military. ... Earlier this evening, the Senate Armed Services Committee voted 16-12 on a similar measure, opening the way for a forthcoming Senate vote on whether to repeal the policy.