A year ago today, we upheld the fundamental American values of fairness
and equality by finally and formally repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
Gay and lesbian Americans now no longer need to hide who they love in
order to serve the country they love.
It is a testament to the
professionalism of our men and women in uniform that this change was
implemented in an orderly manner, preserving unit cohesion, recruitment,
retention and military effectiveness. As Commander in Chief, I’ve seen
that our national security has been strengthened because we are no
longer denied the skills and talents of those patriotic Americans who
happen to be gay or lesbian.
The ability of service members to be open
and honest about their families and the people they love honors the
integrity of the individuals who serve, strengthens the institutions
they serve, and is one of the many reasons why our military remains the
finest in the world.