In a 65-31 vote, the Senate voted to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, which did not allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military. President Obama said he will sign the bill into law next week.
“It is time to close this chapter in our history,” the President said. “It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed. It is time to allow gay and lesbian Americans to serve their country openly.”
More than 13,500 men and women have been dismissed from the military since the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy went into effect in 1993.
Read more about the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” from Neon Tommy.