WOODBURY - A day after the U.S. Senate voted to repeal the military policy known as "don't ask, don't tell," many Long Islanders who spoke to News 12 Long Island say they agree with the move.

The current military policy bars openly gay troops from serving in the armed forces and expels those who are discovered to be gay.

With the vote to repeal, the bill goes to President Obama to be signed. The president has been a vocal proponent of the repeal and he is expected to sign it next week.

Residents on Long Island have said that they agree with the repeal, saying that your lifestyle shouldn't affect your service and if you want to serve, you should be allowed to.

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