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Don't Ask, Don't Tell is No More

Presidet Obama Signs New Bill

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Don't Ask, Don't Tell is No More
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Updated December 22, 2010

Today, the President signed into law a bill which lifts the current ban on homosexuals serving openly in the U.S. Military. During a signing ceremony at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C., President Obama said he is proud to sign the bill, which he says will strengthen national security. President Obama has been dedicated to lifting the ban on homosexuals serving openly in the military, since the beginning of his presidential campaign.

In order to speed up the process, the Senate agreed to remove this provision from the 2011 Defense Authorization Act, and submit it for vote as a stand-alone bill.

In recent months, Obama has been criticized by gay rights activists for not diligently following up on his campaign promise. However, the President contends that the delay was necessary in order to ensure the change was handled in such a way as to not negitively affect combat readiness.

The change, however, is not effective immediately. The Pentagon has been instructed to write procedures and regulations to implement the new policy. Experts say that this process will take between three and six months. In the meantime, the old "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy remains in effect. However, in my personal view, I doubt we will see anymore discharges for homosexuality, even if a military member does publicly "come out of the closet."

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