U.S. Senate votes to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' policy
December 18th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

U.S. Senate votes to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' policy

[Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET] Members of the U.S. Senate voted 65-31 on Saturday to repeal the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans openly gay people from serving in the armed forces. With House of Representatives legislators having voted similarly Wednesday, the bill now goes to the desk of President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.

The president will sign the new law next week, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said on Twitter.

[Posted at 11:51 a.m. ET] The U.S. Senate voted Saturday morning to end debate on whether to repeal the military's policy banning gay men and lesbians from military service.

The 63-33 vote on the cloture motion sets the stage for a direct vote on ending the policy, known as "don't ask, don't tell."

The Senate will hold a final vote on the repeal at 3 p.m.

Read CNN's coverage of the 'don't ask, don't tell' debate
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  1. mr. Fort leavenworth kansas

    you say the u.s. Military does not suck...but now we know it does...watch out world ..they are coming for your children..to take your children because they obviously can have none just like low libido american women...the gucci bag people are well armed and childless.

    December 19, 2010 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. mr. Fort leavenworth kansas

    glad its not my country.... The super freaks all look normal... Like jeb in his pick up truck.. And djs makin beats with no music ....hilarious alexander the gay america..

    December 19, 2010 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ed Bailey

    No wonder we are at the REAR in public opinion polls around the world.you red neck brainiacs put your best out there for world to see.TOO BAD we couldn't catch you doing a center-fold for a reputable boy's only magazine

    December 19, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Crowbar: Yea, don't be snarky, mouthy one.

    December 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. really?

    The showers just became more interesting?

    December 20, 2010 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. sometimes i wonder

    The economy is in a horrible state and the country is in dept....this is what we are worried about.

    January 4, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
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