Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has returned gay rights activist Lt. Dan Choi's West Point ring, five months after promising he'd return it after repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell.”

Choi was honorably discharge from the military for announcing more than a year ago on MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show that he's gay.

Before a question and answer session at Netroots Nation, the nation's largest gathering of liberal bloggers, the discussion moderator handed Reid Choi's West Point ring as a gift, 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jumped onto the stage to give Reid a hug as the audience urged the majority leader to keep the ring until the law is repealed.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 video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

After President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed into law a bill that repeals the military's ban on open gay service, Reid tweeted a photo of himself returning the ring to Choi.

“Five months after I promised to repeal #DADT, I'm so happy to give back this West Point ring to @ltdanchoi,” Reid messaged.

Choi responded via Twitter: “The next time I get a ring from a man, I expect it to be for full, equal American marriage.”

Earlier, Reid tweeted, “#DADT on it's way to becoming history,” to pop singer Lady Gaga, also a repeal backer.