The bill still needs to go to President Obama for signature, and even then “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will STILL BE IN EFFECT! It is NOT safe for gay servicemembers to come out of the closet yet.
I repeat: IT IS NOT SAFE FOR GAY SERVICE MEMBERS TO COME OUT OF THE CLOSET YET!
In order for repeal to become effective, a number of certifications must take place:
- That the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have considered the recommendations contained in the report released on November 30th and its proposed plan of action.
- That the Department of Defense has prepared the necessary policies and regulations
- That the implementation of necessary policies and regulations is consistent with the standards of military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and the recruiting and retention of the Armed Forces
Those certifications must be transmitted to the congressional Armed Services Committee in writing, and be signed by the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Once those certifications have been made, DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL IS STILL NOT REPEALED!
Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell comes 60 days after the final certification is sent to the Armed Services Committee. Not until that day will it be safe for gay service members to come out of the closet. That won’t be until the middle of February AT THE EARLIEST!
So be patient guys, your time is coming.