Moments ago, the Senate voted to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” When that bill reaches my desk, I will sign it, and this discriminatory law will be repealed. Gay and lesbian service members — brave Americans who enable our freedoms — will no longer have to hide who they are. The fight for civil rights, a struggle that continues, will no longer include this one. This victory belongs to you. Without your commitment, the promise I made as a candidate would have remained just that. Instead, you helped prove again that no one should underestimate this movement. Every phone call to a senator on the fence, every letter to the editor in a local paper, and every message in a congressional inbox makes it clear to those who would stand in the way of justice: We will not quit. This victory also belongs to Senator Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and our many allies in Congress who refused to let politics get in the way of what was right. Like you, they never gave up, and I want them to know how grateful we are for that commitment. As Commander in Chief, I fought to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because it weakens our national security and military readiness. It violates the fundamental American principles of equality and fairness. But this victory is also personal. I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my sexual orientation. But I know my story would not be possible without the sacrifice and struggle of those who came before me — many I will never meet, and can never thank. I know this repeal is a crucial step for civil rights, and that it strengthens our military and national security. I know it is the right thing to do. But the rightness of our cause does not guarantee success, and today, celebration of this historic step forward is tempered by the defeat of another — the DREAM Act. I am incredibly disappointed that a minority of senators refused to move forward on this important, commonsense reform that most Americans understand is the right thing for our country. On this issue, our work must continue. Today, I’m proud that we took these fights on. Please join me in thanking those in Congress who helped make “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal possible: http://my.barackobama.com/Repealed Thank you, Barack
The President has gotten his repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I find it disgusting that they warped surveys which showed opposition and tried to make opponents in the military seem supportive. When people said that it would cause some problems instead of a lot of problems, they were lumped in as supporting the repeal instead of opposing it. They are basing policy upon a pack of lies. They have the majority thanks to some of you so it is their right. It is still a disgrace to implement unnecessary left wing experiments during a time of war. The reasons for implementing the law after World War 2 were sound and frankly they have not disappeared. If done carefully, I believe this repeal can be implemented with only some issues. My greater concern is that these radicals are more likely to try to reeducate people and force an embrace of the gay agenda including recognizing gay marriages. The worse is yet to come. To the victor belongs the spoils. A statement from the President.