U.S. Paralympics chief Charlie Huebner (left) and Brig. Gen. Gary Cheek announce the formation of the inaugural Warrior Games in January at the Pentagon. The seven-sport competition, featuring all five military branches, ends Friday in Colorado Springs, with swimming finals and track and field events. Photo by COURTESY OF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Legislature has passed a resolution asking the federal government to end its "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military.

The state Assembly passed the resolution on a 51-17 vote Thursday after a lengthy debate.

The state Senate already approved the resolution, which urges President Barack Obama and Congress to adopt the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009. It recommends the military adopt a policy of nondiscrimination based on sexual orientation.

Current federal law prohibits service members from discussing their sexual orientation. Opponents of "don't ask, don't tell" say thousands of gays and lesbians who wanted to serve their country have been discharged from the military because of it.

The resolution now goes to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.


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