Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the military policy that forbade homosexuals from openly serving the armed forces, today. The policy had been in place for almost twenty years; in December of last year President Obama signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act in order to enhance the quality of the military.
Said Obama this morning: "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love."
DADT, as the policy is called, has been a source of . When it was signed in 1993 by President Clinton, supporters celebrated the fact that it would give protection to homosexuals serving in the armed forces. But others felt that it was a major set-back when it came to equal rights for gays and lesbians.
For months, the U.S. military has been preparing for the repeal by updating regulations and training; the Pentagon has been accepting applications from openly gay men and women.