Obama certifies repeal on gay military ban, ending “Don’t ask, don’t tell’ (DADT) policy

By on Jul 23, 2011 in International, Lifestyle, Politics, United States, World Comments

US President Barack Obama has certified the repeal to ban openly gay in the US military, which will end the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy.

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As noted on his statement from the White House on Friday, July 22, 2011, President Obama announced the lift of ban of gay individuals to join the US military starting September 20, 2011.

“As commander in chief, I have always been confident that our dedicated men and women in uniform would transition to a new policy in an orderly manner that preserves unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness,” Obama was quoted at WhiteHouse.gov on Friday.

“Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian.” Obama added, noting that military members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve their country.

In addition, President Obama reminded US Secretary of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen that the military should be ready for the repeal, particularly the benefits issue and previous discrimination complaints.

Back in December, President Obama signed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban repeal into law after the US Congress voted to require repealing the 17-year-old policy, which will start nearly 60 days from now.

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