Supporters were unable to muster the 60 votes needed to move ahead with a bill that would have allowed repeal, falling short in a 57-40 vote.
Republicans stopped an attempt in the Senate on Thursday to repeal a law that prohibits gays from serving openly in the military.
Democrats blamed Republicans who had vowed to block any legislation, including defense spending, until a deal is reached on extending an array of tax cuts due to expire Jan. 1.
"There are a lot of people all over the world right now in our military that are scratching their head, thinking what in the world has happened," said Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., pointing to funding for military operations.
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