Armed Services senators note the end of military policy banning gays

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) tweeted: “The end of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is a victory for our national security and our values. #dadt”

Maine Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsThe Trail 2016: Meet and greet and grief Senators press Obama education chief on reforms GOP senator: Trump endorsement could depend on VP MORE, one of the eight Republican senators who voted to eradicate the policy, tweeted: @SenatorCollins will be honored tonight for her role in abolishing #DADT what a victory!

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Lieberman and Collins joined Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl LevinCarl LevinFight for taxpayers draws fire Gun debate shows value of the filibuster House won't vote on Navy ship-naming restrictions MORE (D-Mich.) and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandDems separated by 29 votes in NY House primary Former Gillibrand aide wins NY House primary Dems celebrate anniversary of gay marriage ruling MORE (D-N.Y.), at a news conference Tuesday afternoon noting the event with service members and gay rights advocates.

President Obama’s campaign tweeted about the launch of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is History” movement, asking supporters to share stories of how DADT has affected them personally.

Many other lawmakers, mostly Democrats, had praise for the repeal as well, including Sen. Al FrankenAl FrankenDon’t let Congress legislate science The Hill's 12:30 Report Clinton’s 9 most likely VP picks MORE (D-Minn.) who tweeted that DADT had been a “policy of discrimination,” and Sen. John KerryJohn KerryCutting corners in a federal campaign is criminal Navy investigation concludes Iran broke international law by detaining sailors Top Democrat wants Obama to block Boeing's deal with Iran MORE (D-Mass.), who tweeted, “DADT over; hard to believe it took so long for all patriotic Americans to serve/be who they are.”

Sen. Chris CoonsChris CoonsAttorney general says she will defer to FBI on Clinton emails Lynch pressured to recuse herself after Clinton tarmac meeting Lynch meeting with Bill Clinton creates firestorm for email case MORE (D-Del.) pushed to take gay-rights legislation one step further. “Now that DADT is behind us, it’s time to go get DOMA, don’t you think? #dadt”

The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), defines marriage only as a union between a man and a woman.

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