President Barack Obama brought the 17-year-old political struggle over the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy to a close Wednesday, signing legislation that end the ban on openly gay men and women serving in the armed forces.
The president signed the repeal in front an jubilant crowd of supporters at the Department of Interior. “[The repeal] will strengthen our national security and uphold (America's) ideals,” Obama said. “No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie.”
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Celebrities were also in support of the repeal and expressed their feelings via Twitter over the weekend shortly after the repeal was announced.
“Can't hold back the tears+pride. We did it!i Our voice was heard + today the Senate REPEALED DADT. A triumph for equality after 17 YEARS,” Tweeted Lady Gaga.
Katy Perry retweeted the following from singer Pink:
“SUPPORTING ALL OUR TROOPS! RT @Pink: Congrats 2 US!!! REPEAL of DADT & 17 years of allowing Human Rights Violations. There’s hope after all!”
Kathy Griffin and Ellen DeGeneres were also vocal about their support.
Was this the right decision to make for the American public? What does this mean for openly gays in the military? Sound off in the comments section.