Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Formally Ended Yesterday

Yesterday, the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was finally and formally repealed. Under the law passed last year (see prior posting), repeal came 60 days after formal certification by top officials that implementation is consistent with military effectiveness and readiness, unit cohesion and recruiting and retention.  In a statement (full text) marking the event, President Obama said:
As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love. As of today, our armed forces will no longer lose the extraordinary skills and combat experience of so many gay and lesbian service members. And today, as Commander in Chief, I want those who were discharged under this law to know that your country deeply values your service.
A posting yesterday afternoon on the White House blog by Presidential adviser Valerie Jarett says that: "Already, gay and lesbian men and women have sent in their applications to proudly – and openly – serve the country we all love."  The Wall Street Journal reports that the Defense Department has published revised regulations reflecting DADT repeal.