WALL STREET JOURNAL — Republican senators derailed a Democratic effort to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military, successfully putting off a defense funding bill and likely pushing back any further moves to end the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban until after the mid-term elections.

Democrats failed to garner the 60 votes needed to break a Republican filibuster and proceed with the measure, with 56 senators voting in favor of proceeding Tuesday and 43 against.

The successful filibuster is a setback for President Barack Obama, who promised at the beginning of the year in his State of the Union speech to end the 1993 ban on gays serving in the military.

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