Annmarie Fertoli, Associate Producer, WNYC News
Annmarie Fertoli is an Associate Producer at WNYC, working with the afternoon news team to produce All Things Considered.
Making good on a campaign promise, President Barack Obama has signed into law a repeal of the military's 17-year policy banning gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
It's been a long Congressional battle to get to this point. A larger defense bill including a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" was approved by the House, but failed in the Senate earlier this month. The House then passed a separate piece of legislation to repeal the policy. The Senate approved that measure on Saturday, sending the bill to the president's desk for a final signature.
The president called Wednesday "a very good day" during a ceremony at the White House.
"I say to all Americans, gay or straight, who want nothing more than to defend this country in uniform: your country needs you, your country wants you, and we will be honored to welcome you into the finest military the world has ever known," he said.