Historic Senate Vote Repeals “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
After voting to end debate on the matter, the Senate voted 65-31 to overturn the military policy called “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” that resulted in gays who acknowledged their sexual preference to be fired from the military.
The policy does not change overnight: Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mike Mullen must first certify that lifting the ban will not adversely affect the military. Then there is a 60-day period as the Pentagon writes new rules.
More than 14,000 servicemembers have been discharged since 1993, when the policy became part of federal law.
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