President Obama Signs Bill Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
The President's signature follows votes in the House and the Senate to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
The actions of Congress and the President haven't completely undone DADT, however. According to The Huffington Post:
Although Obama signed the repeal of DADT into law today, the policy remains on the books. Obama, along with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Secretary of Defense, must issue a certification stating the Pentagon is prepared to implement the repeal in a manner that won't hurt readiness, effectiveness, cohesion or recruiting. DADT will still be law until 60 days after certification. Until then, therefore, servicemembers are still at risk of being discharged or investigated.
President Obama has already spoken with several military chiefs about implementing the policy change.
"The President called every single service chief separately, talked to them, and they are all about moving this forward very quickly," a White House official said. "They're soldiers; they understand this is the law of the land, and they're going to get this done. They went through a process that was beyond repute to show we can do this, and I think you'll see a very, very fast process."
Since DADT was first enacted in 1993, about 17,000 soldiers have been discharged from the military as a result of the policy.