'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Repeal: What Hollywood Is Saying
Lady Gaga, "Star Trek's" George Takei and Jane Lynch weigh in on the abolition of the U.S. policy banning gays in the military.
Tuesday marked the end of the U.S. government's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy that forbade gay service men and women from disclosing their sexual preferences. Soldiers who were revealed to be homosexual were discharged.
More than 13,000 homosexuals have been expelled from the armed services for revealing their sexual orientation since the policy took effect in 1993 under then-President Bill Clinton, reports Reuters.
President Barack Obama signed the bill end the policy in December, and it was lifted at midnight Tuesday.
The news was met with joy on the Twitter accounts of entertainers like Lady Gaga and Ellen DeGeneres.
Lady Gaga: "What a tremendous & beautiful day, DADT is officially repealed & the new order is in place. Sending all my love&gratitude to service members."
DeGeneres said via her Ellen Show Twitter account: "Don't Ask Don't Tell is officially over. It's a good day. #DADT
My Life on the D-List star Kathy Griffin noted: Finally! #DontAskDontTell is OFFICIALLY over! We r a safer country w/ ALL our brave heroes having #equality!
NCIS co-star Pauley Perrette cheered the repeal and the new season of her show :" #NCIS Season 9 starts tonight AND #DADT IS OVER! It's a good day!"
Star Trek star George Takei, who came out publicly in 2005, concluded: It's nice to celebrate good news: Don't Ask Don't Tell is now history! Thanks to our LGBT soldiers for their brave service. #OKtoBeTakei
Actress-comedienne Wanda Sykes noted: Congratulations to all of our service members who can now truly be all that you can be. #DADT was a hot mess.
Glee co-star and Emmy host Jane Lynch wrote,"DADT ... gone! Good riddance."
Sandra Bernhard thanked President Barack Obama for signing the repeal into law: "Thank you mr obama for passing the end of #DADT big night!
Recent Charlie Sheen roaster, and Private Practice star Kate Walsh wrote, "Gratituesday! I am grateful for the end of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. What are you grateful for?"
Covert Affairs and Ugly Betty actor Chris Gorham declared: "RIP #DADT and good riddance."