Dont Ask Dont Tell Ends

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 3:24pm

President Obama signs repeal of military's homosexual ban into law.

For the first time in history, gay men and women will soon be able to serve openly in the U.S. military.

President Obama signed the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" into law Wednesday morning.

As supporters of the repeal cheered, President Obama called it the right thing to do.

"We are a nation that welcomes the service of every patriot," he told the crowd. "No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over shoulder in order to serve the country that they love."

The president's signature is just a step in implementing the repeal.

Military leaders must first determine how to put new policies in place and deal with things like domestic partner benefits, while service chiefs certify the change wont affect combat readiness - one big concern of critics.

For the president, it a campaign promise fulfilled.

The white house says the implementation will take months, not years.

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