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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Certified

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Certified
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Today President Obama, alongside Defense†Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, certified that the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay service personnel “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) can go ahead.

The following is a statement issued by President Obama:

Today, we have taken the final major step toward ending the discriminatory ĎDonít Ask, Donít Tellí law that undermines our military readiness and violates American principles of fairness and equality. In accordance with the legislation that I signed into law last December, I have certified and notified Congress that the requirements for repeal have been met. ĎDonít Ask, Donít Tellí will end, once and for all, in 60 daysóon 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. Todayís action follows extensive training of our military personnel and certification by Secretary Panetta and Admiral Mullen that our military is ready for repeal. As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country. Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian.

I want to commend our civilian and military leadership for moving forward in the careful and deliberate manner that this change requires, especially with our nation at war. I want to thank all our men and women in uniform, including those who are gay or lesbian, for their professionalism and patriotism during this transition. Every American can be proud that our extraordinary troops and their families, like earlier generations that have adapted to other changes, will only grow stronger and remain the best fighting force in the world and a reflection of the values of justice and equality that the define us as Americans.

Click to the next page to see the Secretary of Defense’s statement.

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1:43PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Awesome. :)

3:06PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

It's about time!

8:33PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

About time, but this should never have been an issue at all. There never should have been any bias toward Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or transsexuals at all. One less piece of stupidity.

2:36PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

The 60-day waiting perod still doesn't make sense, nor has it any use, but we can finally say: wow, finally!

It was about time this thing passed!

9:55AM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Sept 20th CAN'T come soon enough for those who want to serve openly!!

7:04PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

About time.

1:45PM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

The right thing, whether you approve of the lifestyle or not - often very difficult, doing the right thing. Demonstrates you are made of the right stuff.

11:52AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

don't ask, don't tell was implemented because of the conservative backlash against President Clinton's attempt to let gays serve openly in the military. it was one of the first issues he acted on when he took office in 1992. even had members of his own party turn against him, specifically Georgia's Sam Nunn, the Democratic Senator from Georgia, tho now he says he's seen the light. yeah, after almost twenty years, a blind man who's been leading us now says he can see finally and yes, like a lot have been telling him along, he now understands that we've been going in the wrong direction.

11:03AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

Another giant step towards true equality for EVERYONE. Thanks, Mr. President!

10:08AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

While we are giving gays more rights which is the right thing to do, we are taking a womans right to choose away. While we went to war in Iraq for democracy, we are taking voting rights away for people here. Does any of this make sense? What a CRAZY world we live in.

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