Repeal of DADT

S. H.R. 2965; .  –Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act

Feminist Majority Supported a YEA Vote

The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Act of 2010 (DADT) provided for the repeal of 1993 Department of Defense policy concerning gay and lesbian soldiers in the Armed Forces – which allowed gay soldiers to serve only if they kept their sexual orientation private.

The bill was passed in both the House and Senate – but under the provision that DADT would remain in place until the President, Secretary of Defense, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified that the repeal would not harm military readiness, followed by a 60-day waiting period. This certification was sent on July 22, 2011, and DADT ended on September 20, 2011.