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Saturday, December 18, 2010

Cloture Vote For DADT Repeal Passes Senate 63 -33

The cloture vote for two pieces of legislation was held today. DREAM Act, which failed with a vote of 55 to 41 and DADT repeal which passed with a vote of 63 to 33. (Will supply Senate roll call when it becomes available.) ROLL CALL will be at this URL in approximately one hour)

DADT is a law restricting the United States military from efforts to discover or reveal closeted gay, lesbian, and bisexual servicemembers or applicants, while barring those who are openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual from military service. The the Don't Ask, Don't Tell law introduced and passed in 1993 by President Bill Clinton.

A vote for repealing the DADT law will proceed, presumably within the next few days. That vote will be able to pass if it has a simple majority of 51 votes, which is highly likely.

More from CBS who is now reporting on this. New York Post, Reuters, Bloomberg Business Week.