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One Year Ago: President Obama Certifies DADT Repeal

President Obama signing DADT repeal legislation in December 2010 (Judy Rolfe/HRC)

Post submitted by Eric Cameron, HRC Digital Media Specialist

One year ago yesterday, President Obama certified the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” setting open service in motion for lesbian, gay and bisexual troops. Sixty days later, on September 22, 2011, the 17-year-old policy was officially relegated to the dustbin of history.

HRC members and supporters played a critical role in launching this new chapter for our nation’s military. Over 625,000 emails and nearly 50,000 handwritten messages were sent to Congress, urging members to support repeal. We took our message across the country, lobbying elected officials and engaging with the 20,000 veterans HRC mobilized to speak out in favor of repeal.

It was a milestone that couldn’t have been achieved without your help, the leadership of President Obama and the steadfast support of our allies in Congress. And while there is still much work to be done, we look back with pride at last year’s historic step forward.

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