July 25, 2011
‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ over by September 2011
Openly LGB soldiers will be able to service in the US military from 20 September 2011.
US President Barak Obama and two top military leaders signed a declaration on Friday to confirm that the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy would not harm the USA’s military readiness or recruitment.
This final certification means that from September gays and lesbians serving in the military will, for the first time, be able to reveal their sexual identity without fear of dismissal.
“As of September 20th, service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country,” said Obama, in a statement.
“Today, we have taken the final major step toward ending the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law that undermines our military readiness and violates American principles of fairness and equality.”
“Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian.”
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