This morning, President Barack Obama signed the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal into law. At the ceremony, he said this will strengthen America’s national security.
“No longer will tens of thousands of Americans in uniform be asked to live a lie,” Obama said. “I believe this is the right thing to do for our military. It’s the right thing to do, period.”
The change will not be completed for several months as the Pentagon works to rewrite several policies.
In response to Bob Marshall’s plans to counter the new law, Governor Bob McDonnell reacted yesterday during his monthly radio call-in program.
“Whatever the final guidelines of the Department of Defense, I would expect the National Guard bureau in Virginia to adhere to those rules so we would have one set of rules for the entire military,” said McDonnell, noting his personal exceptions to the legislation passed in Congress last week that ends the controversial don’t ask, don’t tell policy that had banned openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces.”
Marshall (pictured) spoke to a Washington, D.C. news station yesterday regarding his proposed legislation. He voiced concerns about the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. See what he had to say: