From the New York Times
The measure would end the policy that allows gays to serve in the military only if they keep their sexual orientation quiet. The House had previously approved the measure, 250 to 175. More than 12,500 service members have been discharged since the policy was mandated by Congress in 1993. A Pentagon report released on Nov. 30 concluded that allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces presents a low risk to the military's effectiveness, even at a time of war, and that 70 percent of service members believe that the impact of repealing the law would be either positive, mixed or of no consequence at all.
"As Barry Goldwater said, 'You don't have to be straight to shoot straight,'" said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., referring to the late GOP senator from Arizona. This of course is great news. More details will be added to this post as events warrant. Unfortunately the Dream Act fell five votes short earlier today.