President Obama has formally certified the repeal of the official U.S. policy banning homosexuals from serving openly in the military. “Obama said the policy change, which will go into effect in September, means the armed forces no longer will be deprived of the talents and skills of gay Americans,” reported the government’s Voice of America news service. But conservative Christian and military readiness groups condemned the move as a political payoff to homosexual activist groups, warning that the repeal would result in dire consequences for the military.
“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,” said the President late Friday as he signed the certification. The President announced that as of September 20, “service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country. 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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Photo: President Barack Obama