Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Lincoln Diaz-Balart joined 13 of their fellow Republicans in voting to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for gay members of the military, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, 250-175.
Florida’s other House members voted along party lines, with Democrats supporting the measure and Republicans opposing it.
The bill now moves to the Senate, where a repeal fell three votes short last week as part of a broader defense authorization bill. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., supported the measure and voted to end debate, while Sen. George LeMieux, R-Fla., voted against it.
The bill may have a better chance passing in its current form, as a standalone measure. It won’t have to clear as many procedural hurdles this time, and has gained some additional support in the Senate.