Celebrities have emerged as an unexpected force in the push to repeal the military's
longstanding "Don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) policy toward gays serving openly in the
miliary, which the Senate will vote on Tuesday attached to the defense reauthorization bill.
mogul Russell Simmons has also waded into the debate during the lead-up
to Tuesday's vote. Simmons wrote an op-ed in The Huffington Post urging
the Senate to repeal the longstanding policy, calling it a "broken law"
and a "destructive form of torture."
The outcome of Tuesday's
vote is still uncertain, and GOP senators have threatened to filibuster
the huge defense spending bill if DADT repeal is included in it.
Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network,
a pro-repeal advocacy group, told NPR on Saturday, "The vote will be
close, and the reality is that no one knows with any certainty —
including Reid and McConnell — how this is going to turn out."
Roxana Tiron contributed to this report
This story was updated at 7:45 p.m.