JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The leading candidates in Missouri's U.S. Senate race are taking opposite positions on whether gays should be allowed to openly serve in the military.
Congress could vote this week on whether to repeal the "don't-ask, don't-tell" law. The 1993 law bars the military from asking whether members are gay, bans homosexual activity and requires that gay troops not discuss their sexual orientation.
Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan supports changing the law. She says it's wrong to exclude qualified people willing to serve in the military.
Republican Congressman Roy Blunt wants to keep the law. He says the military should not undergo a social experiment while fighting terrorists.
Blunt and Carnahan are the top contenders to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Kit Bond.
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