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Before us the -- are 65.
The days 31.
The motion to concur and how cement in the house amendment to senate amendment to house resolution to 2965.
L is now history hello everyone aren't -- double welcome to America's News HQ and I'm Gregg Jarrett.
The United States senate voting just moments ago to repeal that twenty year old ban which means that.
For the very first time -- will be allowed to serve openly in the US military chief political correspondent Carl Cameron live in the capital now.
One time thing -- this is a big victory was it for the administration.
Did critics decide to sort of give up their fight.
Wells two to one margin 65 to 31 better than 21 really and that they -- actually delayed its.
With a few more.
Hours of -- -- perhaps even into tomorrow on and then moments after they cleared the -- But procedural hurdle of sixty votes to end the filibuster and move to final passage they decided to do exactly that.
And now it is an act of congress.
And we're told -- be sent down to the White House the other at a Pennsylvania Avenue -- president Obama's prepared to sign it as soon as next week.
This was a major victory for the Obama administration which it works very very hard on this it was a big victory for Joe Lieberman the independent senator from Connecticut.
And Republican senator Susan Collins both of whom had worked very hard on this as well -- Democrats and felt somewhat.
As though the -- and pulled out from underneath them last week with some procedural problems and Harry Reid actually withdrew legislation that would have had to vote last week.
The victory today.
Obviously an achievement and one that has to gay and lesbian community.
Particularly thrilled Susan Collins talked about what -- what victory means.
So I want -- saying.
All luck of the gay men and women that are fighting for us today he be in Afghanistan.
And did in Iraq we honor you -- servants.
And now we can do so openly.
Throughout this process.
The service chiefs have suggested.
The military -- is -- suggested that the population of the gay and lesbian community.
In the military has probably been not that far off of what it is in the general public even when Don't Ask Don't Tell.
Was at its strongest it's been in existence for seventeen years since the Clinton administration.
And will soon be repealed.
We're told -- go to the president's desk will sign it next week.
You know -- one version of this had a certification process so it didn't become law right away after the president signs it.
What's the timetable for this the coming.
Well it's going to be slow and deliberate and there has been promises made to a number of senators just in the last couple of days in advance of this vote.
That there would be an extra effort made to -- had to protect -- unit cohesion.
One of the key concerns has been that this could be a distraction particularly for combat units.
And to avoid -- there will be a a process that is designed specifically to minimize it it isn't going to be fast.
The process can start immediately but it's not going to be an overnight change.
Carl Cameron -- the Russell rotunda on capitol thanks very much.
All right of course now are waiting for the White House reaction to this it's repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell Mike Emanuel live in Washington and -- Big deal for the president to wait to get this pushed through the lame duck congress so what are you hearing of from the halls of the White House.
Over there right now -- -- though they're very happy the president has argued for a long time this policies -- just.
So -- we've spoken with say that they are proud of the president's leadership saying this would change.
They appreciate their allies in congress in the advocacy community who have worked extremely hard to get at this point is -- -- this as this morning.
The president I'm told had been reaching out to senators from both parties to help secure votes so working the phones to the very end -- -- Indeed I know Senator McCain of course the army marine coach mark Marine Corps chiefs are saying -- and the timing on this thing is wrong talk about that -- Mike.
Well yes there there are people who are concerned about with two wars underway that whether this is the right time to implement such a policy.
We've gotten statements just seconds ago from Defense Secretary Bob gates and also admiral Mike Mullen talking about implementation.
And careful implementation.
So we expect it'll be deliberate process over time.
But the bottom line is -- young.
Men and women who may be gay or lesbian.
Will not be kicked out of the military wants the president.
Puts his ink on this piece of legislation and I've been told by very senior official it should happen sometime in the next week.
Probably one would expect the president would wanna have it a big ceremony -- signing ceremony.
We're allowed to keep people who fought so hard for this lot of change can be there where he can stand up and say I promised you I would change this policy it's changing.
-- -- imagine Mike that one of those key people would be outgoing house speaker Pelosi because this is.
Major project for her as well.
No question about that yes she's still gonna remain in the congress but obviously.
The end of her leadership in terms of being the speaker is coming to a close and so she's able to go home to northern California to say.
-- this policy was wrong.
We lead we changed it and now because of sexual orientation you will not be kicked out of the military.
He'll be allowed to serve your country if you want to put your life on the line in Afghanistan Iraq or some other hot spot.
Gay straight whatever you're gonna be able to do it and so certainly a moment that -- celebrate as well.
All right Mike Emanuel thank you very much thanks --
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