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Vote on DADT Expected Thursday

Vote on DADT Expected Thursday

A vote in Congress to roll back the policy, which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, is expected tomorrow. Many in the gay community have criticized Obama for taking too much time to repeal and have gone even further by saying that he is turning is back on LGBT Americans althogether. 

An activist with new group GetEQUAL heckled Obama as he was delivering a fundraising speech for Sen. Barbara Boxer in San Francisco this week, Yahoo News is reporting. 

The president quickly responded by pointing out to the crowd, "I hate to say this, but ... if he wants to demonstrate, buy a ticket to a guy who doesn't support his point of view, and then you can yell as much as you want there."

Obama then lectured Williams directly by urging him to "read the newspapers.” Obama confirmed his commitment to the repeal of DADT but pointed out that the process takes time. 

A vote in Congress to roll back the policy, which bans gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military, is expected tomorrow. Many in the gay community have criticized Obama for taking too much time to repeal and have gone even further by saying that he is turning is back on LGBT Americans althogether. 

Senate and House Republicans are staunchly against the bill with most conservative Democrats and Independents are on the fence. Speaker Pelosi has said that she would not allow the bill to go further unless it is expected to pass.

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