Obama signs landmark law for army gays
Published 23/12/2010 | 08:44
US President Barack Obama yesterday signed a landmark law ordering America's armed services to let homosexuals serve openly for the first time.
Surrounded by military officials and members of Congress, Mr Obama said he was proud to sign the bill, which would strengthen national security.
The change will not be immediate. The military is required to complete implementation plans before the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is lifted -- and certify that it will not damage combat readiness, as critics claim.