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 CollinsSwing-state Republicans play up efforts for gun control laws Reid knocks GOP on gun 'terror loophole' after attacks GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase 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 LevinThe Fed and a return to banking simplicity What Our presidential candidates can learn from Elmo Zumwalt Will there be a 50-50 Senate next year? MORE (D-Mich.) and Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOvernight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas Senate Dems call for investigation into Wells Fargo's wage practices Fears mount that Obama will change course on Israel in final months 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 FrankenSenators challenge status quo on Saudi arms sales Overnight Defense: Senate rejects effort to block Saudi arms sale | ISIS may have fired chemical agent in Iraq | Trump, Gary Johnson tied among military voters Human rights groups cheer Saudi arms sale vote despite failure MORE (D-Minn.) who tweeted that DADT had been a “policy of discrimination,” and Sen. John KerryJohn KerrySenate poised to override Obama veto Overnight Defense: Debate night is here | Senate sets vote on 9/11 veto override | Kerry, McCain spar over Syria US to consider removing Colombian rebel group FARC from terror list 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 CoonsOvernight Healthcare: McConnell unveils new Zika package | Manchin defends daughter on EpiPens | Bill includes M for opioid crisis Dems to GOP: Help us fix ObamaCare Cruz fights domain name handover in hearing 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.