US Senate votes to lift military gay ban

WASHINGTON— The US Senate has voted to overturn the military's ban on openly gay troops and has sent the measure to President Barack Obama to sign into law.

Obama was expected to sign it next week, although the change wouldn't take immediate effect. The legislation says the president and his top military advisers must certify that lifting the ban won't hurt troops' fighting ability. After that, there's a 60-day waiting period for the military.

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