Nevada Senator Harry Reid promised Army Lt. Dan Choi that he'll repeal “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 1993 law that forbids gay troops from serving openly.

Speaking Saturday at Netroots Nation, the nation's largest gathering of liberal bloggers, Reid promised Choi the policy would be repealed.

Choi is the gay rights activist honorably discharged from the military for announcing more than a year ago on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show that he's gay. In a tweet sent out to his thousands of followers on Thursday, Choi, an outspoken critic of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” announced that he had been discharged from the military for violating the policy.

Before a question and answer session, the discussion moderator handed Reid Choi's West Point ring as a gift and along with his discharge paperwork.

Reid said he could not accept the ring because Choi had “earned his ring.”

Choi jumped onto the stage to give Reid a hug as the audience urged the majority leader to keep the ring until the law is repealed.

Reid gave in, saying: “When the bill's signed, I'll keep it safely and then give it back to him.”

The audience cheered and gave Reid a standing ovation.

The exchange comes just days after gay rights activists – including Choi – had protested against Reid in Las Vegas for inaction on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a stalled federal bill that seeks to outlaw workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.