3. This is the number of votes needed to repeal it. 60 votes was necessary to stop the military ban. Democrates lost on a 57-40 votes. Even the White House had backed the deconstrucion of DADT.
According to the National Post, only one Senate Democrats, Joe Manchin, voted against the repeal when one Senate Republican, Susan Collins, voted to end it.
Apparently, it's just a matter of time before the ban is lifted.
“While today’s vote was disappointing, it must not be the end of our efforts,” US President Barack Obama said.
“I have pledged to repeal this discriminatory law. This law weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness, integrity and equalit."