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DONE Obama Certifies ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal Erica Berube holds a sign at a rally in Portland, Maine on Sep. 20, 2010. (Photo: Gregory Rec, EPA / Landov)

Obama Certifies ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal

Somewhere, Lady Gaga is celebrating. President Obama has certified the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the military’s ban on openly gay soldiers. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen also signed off on the repeal, starting the clock on a 60-day waiting period until it is fully eliminated. “As of September 20,” Obama said, “service members will no longer be forced to hide who they are in order to serve our country.”

July 22, 2011 4:47 PM