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President Signs Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

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by The Federalist Society
Posted December 22, 2010, 10:23 AM

The New York Times reports that President Obama signed legislation this morning ending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning openly gay troops from serving in the military. During the signing ceremony, the President said, "No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie or look over their shoulder," and, quoting Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, "Our people sacrifice a lot for their country, including their lives. None of them should have to sacrifice their integrity as well."

The repeal does not immediately end the policy: President Obama, Admiral Mullen, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates must certify that the repeal won't harm military readiness, though both Admiral Mullen and Secretary Gates have backed the President's stand in favor of repeal.

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