This is huge. HUGE!!
With a 65-31 vote on Saturday to end the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the Senate, this is a huge victory in the repeal of DADT.
The bill now moves to the president's desk for the final vote.
If DADT is repealed, it would mean that gays would be openly accepted by the military and could acknowledge their sexual orientation without the fear of being fired.
"I don't care who you love, if you love this country enough to risk your life for it, you shouldn't have to hide who you are. You ought to be able to serve," said Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
After the Senate's vote, President Obama said in a statement:
"The Senate has taken an historic step toward ending a policy that undermines our national security while violating the very ideals that our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives to defend."
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, "We are on the verge of ending 'don't ask, don't tell' for good."
Repealing DADT will not go into effect immediately. There will be a 60-day waiting period as the Pentagon implements new rules.
This is such a huge victory! Equality for all!
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