In a landmark vote, the Senate on Saturday ended the Clinton-era ban on gays serving openly in the military, marking a major triumph for President Obama, liberals and the gay community.
The final vote to end the Pentagon’s 1993 “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was 65-31, drawing support from eight Republicans.
The bill now goes to the White House for Obama’s signature. He is expected to sign the bill into law next week, a senior White House aide told Fox News.
“It is time to close this chapter in our history,” Obama said in a statement after a test vote cleared the way for final action. “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.”