September 28, 2011

Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Ends: Ban on Gays Serving Openly in Military Is Repealed

ďDonít Ask, Don't Tell" is no more. When the clock struck midnight today, the nearly 18-year-old policy that barred gay and lesbian service members from serving openly in the military was fully repealed.As part of the repeal, the Defense Department plans to issue new guidelines and regulations to the military services informing them that the ban is no longer in effect. They will be posted on the Pentagonís website, along with a quick reference guide that includes the most frequently asked questions about what will change with repeal.Aside from the guidelines, the Pentagon is taking a low-key approach to the end of the policy that led to the discharge of almost 13,000 service members over its lifetime. Aside from a news conference where Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen will discuss the change in policy, no other official DOD events are planned.
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Posted by Editor at September 28, 2011 12:10 PM

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