It Is Finished - Obama Signs Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't TellPresident Obama

Boyce Hinman

Today, December 22, will go down in history as the day on which the President of the United States ended the U.S. military's policy of discrimination against lesbian, gay, and bisexual people who wish to serve their country by enlisting in the armed forces of this nation.

Arguably, this event is equivalent to the time when President Harry S. Truman brought an end to racial segregation in our armed services.



President Obama at signing of DADT









President Obama Signing DADT Repeal. Photo by Patsy Lynch, Courtesy of the Philadelphia Gay News,

In a speech accompanying the signing of the legislation ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the President, hailed the "courage and vision" of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and praised Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen, who advocated changing the 17-year-old policy.

On that subject, it is interesting to note that the Secretary of Defense, who orchestrated the end to the military's discriminatory policy, was originally appointed by former President Bush.

The President also said, "No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie, or look over their shoulder in order to serve the country that they love."

You may see a video of the signing ceremony, and the speech the President gave, as well as a video explaining how the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell will be implemented, by clicking on the following links. (Please note: You will see a brief commercial at the beginning of each video.)

Here are the links:

President Obama's speech at the signing ceremony ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell video with questions and answers on how the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell will be implemented (Note: you will see a link to the Questions and Answers a short distance down on the left side of the resulting page, after you click on this link.)

Boyce Hinman is the founder of the California Communities United Institute. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or

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