The Senate has today voted to allow gays to openly serve in the military after the repeal of "don’t ask, don’t tell."
The Senate vote was 65-31. Eight Republicans joined with Democrats in favor of repeal, which required 50 votes.
President Obama had made the repeal of the 1993 law one of his priorities in the lame-duck congressional session. He is expected to sign the bill early next week. The House passed the bill Thursday 250 to 174.
The bill states that repeal will not take effect until 60 days after Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen and President Barack Obama "certify" that the U.S. military is prepared for implementation. Secretary Gates has predicted that the process of certification could take up to a year.