|President Obama signs certification for DADT repeal|
(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
The repeal of ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell'' passed its last significant hurdle today as President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen certified that the U.S. military is ready for the policy to end.
According the DADT repeal legislation signed into law in December 2010, final repeal will take effect 60 days after certification, a period set aside for congressional review.
'''Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' will end, once and for all, in 60 days — on September 20, 2011,'' said Obama in a statement released by the White House. ''Our military will no longer be deprived of the talents and skills of patriotic Americans just because they happen to be gay or lesbian.''
The president praised the ''careful and deliberate manner'' of both civilian and military leadership in bringing about the change.