In a historic achievement for gay rights, President Obama signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal this morning, which will allow gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military.
"This is a good day, this is a very good day." Obama said. "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."
Last weekend, the US Senate voted to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell. On Monday, Robert Gibbs, the White House Press Secretary, tweeted:
President to sign repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on Wednesday at 9:15 AM...
The repeal is not immediately effective, reports the New York Times. The change will go into effect once Obama and defense officials certify the military's readiness.
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Crossposted from Equalitopia Blog