Officials warn that with wars ongoing in Iraq and Afghanistan, above, changes to military policy will not come quickly.
Washington (CNN) - In an effort to repeal the military's policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," some members of Congress are looking at putting a provision into the defense authorization bill coming up for a vote.
Passed by Congress in 1993, the law allows for the discharge of gay, lesbian and bisexual members of the military if they announce their orientation, engage in sexual relations and are caught, or attempt to marry a
person of the same gender.
Since its enactment, more than 13,500 service members have been discharged, at a cost of more than $400 million, said the office of Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, in a statement.
Part of the reason for including it in the spending bill is that supporters don't have enough votes to pass a separate measure repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell: the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009.
An aide to a leading sponsor of the current defense bill admits that Don't Ask, Don't Tell legislation has not secured the support of the 218 members needed to approve it on its own.