The Senate today "voted to advance legislation that would overturn the military ban on openly gay troops known as 'don't ask, don't tell.' " That is to say, the ban on openly gays serving in the military will, most likely, be lifted. Later on Saturday afternoon, the Senate will make the final vote.
By a bipartisan vote of 63 to 33, the Senate acted to cut off debate on a measure that would allow President Obama to declare an end to the Clinton-era policy, known as “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which allows gay members of the armed forces to serve only if they keep their sexual orientation a secret.
The "test vote," if you will, all but guarantees that 'don't ask, don't tell' to be a thing of the past.