assembly. as the u.s. gets ready to get out of afghanistan. there is a big change to report tonight for the
. the policy known as don't ask don't tell is now officially history. our pentagon correspondent
on duty with the story for us.
this repeal of don't ask don't tell, which prohibited gays from openly serving in the
is nothing short of his toric. it's estimated that as many as 65,000
gays and lesbians
actively serve in the
, including on the battlefields of iraq and afghanistan. but today for the first time ever they no longer have to live a lie. at the pentagon,
said for him, repeal of don't ask don't tell is all about integrity.
it's fundamentally against everything we stand for as an institution, to force people to lie about who they are just to wear a uniform.
, the new president wanted to lift the bachb against
gays in the military
all together. but faced with stiff opposition from congress and the pentagon, he was forced to accept don't ask don't tell. the repeal marks an end to 18 years of official discrimination, and the beginning of a new era.
gay and lesbian
service members can serve their country hon orably without constant fear of being kicked out of the military.
i'm 31 years old, i'm a woman, i'm a
united states marine
, and i'm a lesbian.
were you living a lie?
absolutely. all of us. all of us were living a lie.
jonathan mills was among many who fought back. he's been executive editor of an
, working anonymously
behind the scenes
for repeal of don't ask don't tell.
to be able to see something that has been so wrong. a policy that's ruined so many lives be overturned, i feel very proud of this. it's a moral accomplishment for our country.
at the stroke of midnight, the policy was
. gory ross openly married his partner in vermont. the military still cannot recognize the marriage. in fact, same sex partners will still be denied some benefits, like
and military housing, the fight goes on. but brian, this headline and the latest
marine corps times
says it all, we're gay, get over it.
at the pentagon and elsewhere, jim, thank you for that.