Barack Obama Signs Law Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

President Barack Obama brought the long political struggle over the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy to an end on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, by signing legislation that will put a stop to the military’s ban on openly gay men and women serving in the armed forces.  The policy was enacted in 1993 under President Bill Clinton.  At the time the Department of Defense Directive 1332.14 had a policy that stated homosexuality is incompatible with military service and persons who engaged in homosexual acts or stated that they are homosexual or bisexual were discharged.  The ‘don’t ask, don’t tell” policy was introduced as a compromise measure in 1993 by President Bill Clinton who campaigned on the promise to allow all citizens to serve in the military regardless of sexual orientation.  Full article: cnn.com

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) does not enforce the protections that prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation.  However, with the Obama’s repeal of the Military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, many Gay and Lesbian Organizations are hopeful that the discrimination based on sexual orientation will be prohibited in all work places.  To date, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex.  Please visit the EEOC’s website for further information: www.eeoc.gov/policy/vii.html.

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