Annmarie Fertoli is an Associate Producer at WNYC, working with the afternoon news team to produce All Things Considered.
President Signs Repeal of DADT
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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.