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President Barack Obama signs ‘don’t ask’ repeal

 

President Barack Obama gives a 'thumbs-up' sign after signing the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010. | AP Photo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed legislation ending the 17-year ban on gays in the military, declaring that sexual orientation can no longer determine who is allowed to serve in uniform.

“For we are not a nation that says, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ ” Obama told 500 guests at a packed signing ceremony at the Interior Department. “We are a nation that says, ‘Out of many, we are one.’ ”

 

As they applauded his arrival, Obama told them he was “overwhelmed” and that it was a “very good day.”

He thanked Democrats and the few Republicans who worked on the legislation ending the military’s prohibition on gays serving openly. But he saved his warmest praise for the leaders of the Pentagon and the troops themselves.

“History will remember well the courage and vision of Secretary Gates, of Adm. Mike Mullen, who spoke from the heart and said what he believed was right,” he said.

The policy will stay in effect until Obama and military leaders determine when the ranks are ready to do away with it, he said. But the president — who pledged during the 2010 midterm campaign that the policy would be dismantled “on my watch” — promised swift action.

“We are not going to be dragging our feet to get this done,” he said, even predicting that years from now, people will wonder “why was there ever a source of controversy in the first place.”

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December 22, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Politics, Updates, Women | , , , ,

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