MADISON- Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following the Senate vote today that resulted in the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" rules forbidding gays from serving openly in the armed services.

"Today's vote in the Senate was another step in our nation's long climb toward fairness. Future generations will look back at the opposition of figures like Paul Ryan and Wisconsin's Republican delegation with wonder that something so fundamental and basic was even a matter for debate. Now that the debate is over, we can celebrate a country that has distinguished itself through the ages by a shared belief in decency and equality.

But we all know this is not the end in the continued fight for gay and lesbian citizens, and there is plenty of work left to be done in the face of an opposition that seeks to take America backward, instead of forward."