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Issue Position: Ending Don't Ask, Don't Tell

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On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) Repeal Act, which I strongly supported. According to the law, the repeal of DADT would only be fully effective 60 days after the Secretary of Defense received a review from the Department of Defense on the implementation of the repeal, and the President, Secretary, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified to the congressional defense committees that the implementation of the DADT repeal is consistent with standards of military readiness and effectiveness. On July 22nd , the necessary certifications were made. Therefore, DADT will finally be repealed on September 20th. Repealing DADT is a great national victory for the causes of civil rights and equality. Any qualified American who wishes to serve will finally be able to do so without fear.

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