The United States Senate at 3:30 PM ET today voted to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” 65-31, following a successful cloture vote of 63-33. The bill now makes its way to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature next week, as he fulfills a campaign and State of the Union promise.
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The end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” even though already ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, still must be certified by the military and the Commander in Chief. Any LGBT soldiers who believe they can “come out” are still subject to discharge, and as Chris Geidner at MetroWeekly just wrote, “White House Won’t Commit to Halting DADT Discharges — a Position Taken By Reid, Levin,” despite the fact that Rep. Barney Frank, as The Huffington Post writes, says “President Obama would stop defending “don’t ask, don’t tell” in courts, even if a bill forcing its repeal fails to pass in the Senate.”