Friday’s move to end the military’s 18-year-old ban on openly gay troops will help remove a tremendous burden from gay and lesbian members of the armed forces.
News of his decision comes two weeks after top military leaders agreed that repealing the 17-year-old ban will not hurt military readiness.
A federal appeals court is allowing the military to temporarily continue its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for openly gay service members in response to a request from the Obama administration.
A federal appeals court has barred further enforcement of the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members.
The Air Force has confirmed the discharge of a member due to sexual orientation despite President Obama and Congress’ pending repeal of DADT.
Gay rights advocates are challenging a request by the Obama administration to keep the military’s repealed “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in place while the Pentagon prepares for its repeal.
A bill allowing openly gay people to serve in the military was signed into law by President Obama Wednesday, and a military veteran from San Francisco was one of the people invited to Washington to join the president in celebrating the new legislation.