Obama certifies end of military’s gay ban
President Barack Obama on Friday certified the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” the policy preventing gays from openly serving in the military.
“Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian,” [President] Obama said in a statement released by the White House.
The move came after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified that the military was ready to end the ban.
Each member of the Joint Chiefs had to submit a recommendation to [Secretary] Panetta, indicating that they are far enough in their training to repeal DADT, and that it will not have an impact on military readiness.
[President] Obama’s certification starts a 60-day waiting period to implement the repeal — before “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” is officially a thing of the past.
“As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country,” [President] Obama said.