The New York Times
By ELISABETH BUMILLER
Published: March 3, 2010
WASHINGTON — Senator Joseph I. Lieberman, independent of Connecticut, introduced a bill on Wednesday to repeal the ban on openly gay service members in the military, but at a hearing later in the day Republican lawmakers questioned why lifting the ban was necessary.
Mr. Lieberman was acting in response to President Obama’s pledge to end the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” law that allows gay men and lesbians to serve in the armed services only if they keep their sexual orientation secret.