Obama signs 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

President Barack Obama has officially repealed the U.S. military's controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, saying valor and sacrifice in the armed forces are no longer defined by sexual orientation.

Surrounded by senior military officials and members of Congress, Obama signed the landmark bill ordering America's armed services to let gay men and women serve openly.

Obama says the move will uphold the country's ideals of equality and strengthen national security.

Many local residents say they're glad to see the end of a policy that resulted in the discharge of more than 13,000 men and women from the military.

The change won't take effect immediately as military service chiefs must complete and certify implementation plans.

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