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John Kerry: Gays in US Military 'No Longer Have to Live a Lie'

File photo. Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., on Sunday touted the Senate vote to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military, calling it a "historic day" for the country.

"It means that our citizens will no longer have to lie and live a lie on a daily basis or be denied the opportunity to serve their country," Kerry told ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour.

The Senate repealed the 17-year-old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy Saturday by a vote of 65-31, with eight Republicans joining Democrats to overturn the Clinton-era policy that forced gay service members to conceal their sexual orientation in order to serve in the U.S. military.

A Pentagon review released last month found that the policy could be changed with minimal disruption to the military, and Pentagon officials pushed for Congressional action instead of allowing court-mandated change to the policy.

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