The Senate today voted to pass legislation repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, sending the historic bill to the president’s desk for signature. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Act of 2010 (H.R. 2965) was passed in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Next, the bill must be signed by The President before service members will be free to serve openly.
Since “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was passed into law in 1993 more than 14,000 service members, both men and women, have been discharged under the policy simply on the basis of their sexual orientation.