Before being feted by the U.S. Cuba Democracy PAC Monday, outgoing U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart spoke to reporters about his last days in Congress -- including his vote last week to repeal the ban on gays serving in the military.
"It was the right thing to do," said Diaz-Balart, who voted for the repeal along with fellow Miami Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. "It was inevitable and it was long in coming."
"One thing that was really important for me...[was] when I learned that that's the situation in Israel," he added. "The armed forces in Israel -- that's a tough armed forces."
Without going into specifics, Diaz-Balart said he would be employing his time now to "the practice of law, and helping the internal opposition in Cuba and our team in Washington."