On December 15, 2010, the US House of Representatives voted 250-175 to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, which effectively barred openly gay men and lesbian women from serving in the military. The policy originated during the Clinton administration, and 13,000 members of the armed forces were discharged in 17 years. The successful repeal came at the urgings of the Obama administration, top military officials and a Department of Defense (DOD) report that found a negligible impact on military objectives as the result of a repeal. The US Senate voted 65-31 on December 18, 2010 for repeal, effective starting September 20, 2011.
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