WASHINGTON (RNN) - A repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will not happen this year or for many years to come.
The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which contained an amendment to repeal the controversial law banning openly gay individuals from serving in the military, did not even make it to the floor for debate.
In a procedural vote, the U.S. Senate voted 57 in favor of debate and 40 against. In order for the bill to have advanced to the floor, 60 yes votes were required.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-MN, was the sole Republican who crossed party lines and voted "yes" with the Democratic party.