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White House LGBT Update: One Year Later
The White House Thursday, September 20, 2012
 

Statement by the President on the One Year Anniversary of the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 during a ceremony at the Interior Department in Washington, D.C., Dec. 22, 2010. The law was finally and formally repealed on September 20, 2011, sixty days after the President, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified that the Department of Defense had taken all the steps needed to prepare the military for repeal. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy).

Today, the President issued the following statement on the one year anniversary of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":

"A year ago today, we upheld the fundamental American values of fairness and equality by finally and formally repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Gay and lesbian Americans now no longer need to hide who they love in order to serve the country they love. It is a testament to the professionalism of our men and women in uniform that this change was implemented in an orderly manner, preserving unit cohesion, recruitment, retention and military effectiveness. As Commander in Chief, I've seen that our national security has been strengthened because we are no longer denied the skills and talents of those patriotic Americans who happen to be gay or lesbian. The ability of service members to be open and honest about their families and the people they love honors the integrity of the individuals who serve, strengthens the institutions they serve, and is one of the many reasons why our military remains the finest in the world."

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