The End Of DADT

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 - 2:45pm

The military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is officially dead.

The military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy was officially repealed Tuesday.

The policy allowed gays and lesbians to serve in the military only if they kept their sexual orientation secret.

Now, thousands who have served in silence or were discharged under the policy are free to serve openly.

Lawmakers who pushed to have "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repealed say the policy was out-dated and kept qualified members from serving their country.

Since the practice was adopted in 1993, an estimated 14,000 military members were discharged after disclosing their sexual orientation.

Others served in silence, until now.

Army Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan says the repeal means she no longer has to hide her family.

"I have a 4-year-old daughter but I also have a same-sex spouse. We have a civil union of almost 11 years and I have not been able to share my family," she said.

Service members who were discharged under the old policy will now get a chance to re-enlist.

The Pentagon says 97 percent of the military has received training under the new policy.

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