US President Barack Obama signs ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal into law

By on Dec 23, 2010 in United States Comments

Updated: July 23, 2011 5:28 p.m.

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

Washington, USAUS President Barack Obama signs on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal into law, which will now allow openly gay men and women to serve the US military armed forces, as reported by US news sites on Wednesday.

Obama’s signing of the controversial bill ended a 17-year old ban against gay and lesbians from joining the US army, and is among his promise during his presidential campaign in 2008.

The historical event was made in front of gay-rights groups who announced earlier that more than 14,000 military troops have been dismissed due to sexual discrimination in those seventeen years.

Also among those present at the Interior Department auditorium while President Obama is signing the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal policy are Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

“Your country needs you, your country wants you, and we will be honored to welcome you into the ranks of the finest military in the world,” President Obama said, while encouraging those who were previously dismissed from the US army due to the gay ban to consider applying again.

“I believe this is the right thing to do for our military. We are a nation that believes all men and women are created equal.” Mr. Obama added. “No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love.”

Meanwhile, the White House said the law may still take a couple of months to be fully implemented.



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