The United States senate repealed the 'Don’t ask Don’t tell' (DADT) policy allowing gay men and women in the military to be open about their sexual preferences.

This has prompted a slew of celebrities taking to Twitter to announce their happiness over the announcement.

Lady Gaga who has been most vociferous against the draconian law tweeted: Can't hold back the tears+pride. We did it!i Our voice was heard + today the Senate REPEALED DADT. A triumph for equality after 17 YEARS.

Ellen DeGeneres posted: Thank you Senators for pushing us one step closer towards full equality.

Ricky Martin wrote: One step closer to #equality!! #DADT is gone!Historical! #lgbt.

Adam Shankman, the So You Think You Can Dance judge, said: Don't ask don't tell repealed!!! This a great Xmas!

Cyndi Lauper tweeted: Historic day. 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' repealed. It's about time. Step by step we're headed towards full equality.

Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson posted: Stepping closer to Equality! Good Job America!!!! Don't Ask Don't Tell closer to being on the 'Remember-how-crazy-it-was-when...' list!

Neil Patrick Harris wrote: Don't Ask, Don't Tell REPEALED! So proud of Congress for making the right decision. Now all soldiers can serve with integrity. A great day.

Michael Moore, outspoken liberal and filmmaker, rejoiced and added his thanks to newscaster and commentator Rachel Maddow for her hard work in leading the fight for repeal of DADT.

Senator McCain did a volte face by declaring the repeal as a sad day, despite the fact that while he was campaigning for the post of President he had been in favour of doing away with the law.