Collins to Vote Against Bill that Would Allow Gays to Serve Openly in Military 

Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins says she’ll vote against a bill that would allow gays to serve openly in the military unless Democrats agree to extend debate so that her colleagues can weigh in on other issues. Collins’ position is likely the last nail in the coffin for the Democratic proposal, which would have repealed the 17-year-old law known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” A moderate Republican who supports changing the law, Collins was seen as the crucial 60th vote needed to override GOP objections and advance it. The provision was attached to a broader defense bill that authorizes $726 billion in military spending. Democrats plan to allow Republicans to offer only one amendment on the bill to address their concern about the gay rights’ provision. (AP)