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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

DADT Repeal Signing Is Wednesday Morning

By Chris Geidner -

President Barack Obama makes Congressional calls from the Oval Office on Dec. 18 before the final Senate vote repealing the ban on gay men and women serving openly in the military.
The White House has announced, "On Wednesday, December 22, 2010, President Obama will sign the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law in a signing ceremony at the Department of the Interior." The ceremony is to take place at 9:15 a.m.The Departments of Defense and Justice are preparing implementation plans. Those plans must be completed, under the repeal bill's requirements, before the president, Defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will certify that the changes needed to implement repeal are "consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces."
Even then, though, a 60-day congressional review period must pass before 10 U.S.C 654 -- the DADT law -- will be off the books.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office confirmed the enrollment cermony for the DADT repeal bill will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, in the Capitol Visitor Center Auditorium. According to the advisory, "Pelosi, House and Senate Democrats will join with servicemembers ... to sign legislation repealing" DADT.
As the release notes, enrollment is the last step before the bill goes to the president for his signature.


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