US Senate voted to repeal DADT

On December 18, 2010, the US Senate voted 65-31 to repeal the US military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT), which prevented openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces and was enshrined in law at 10 USC § 654. The US House of Representatives had approved the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 three days earlier. US President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on December 22, 2010, although it did not take full legal effect until September 20, 2011.

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