The controversial policy expired at midnight. Now gay men and women of service without hiding their sexual orientation.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said the Defense Department was ready for repeal.
"This is something that has been known for a long time," he was quoted as saying. "We've gone through a process to certify repeal."
President Obama signed the new bill into law in December, which repeals the 18-year statute enacted by the Clinton administration in 1993.
Members of Congress and the general population have been divided on this issue from the beginning.
This is a tremendous victory for some, David Hall said the change is especially meaningful because he was discharged from the U.S. Air Force. Valley News Live. "It's a great day, it's a long time coming. I think it's going to be great for the military."
Hall is a former U.S. Air Force staff Sergeant. He was one of more than 13,000 men and women discharged under the ban. "I was ranked number one in my class. I had a pilot's slot and it was all based on just what one person said, explains Hall."
Sen. John McCain said this law will be without consequences. "When we pass this legislation we will understand that we are doing great damage."
The Republican Senator from Arizona said this on Dec. 18, 2010. At a Congressional hearing, the military's top uniformed officer supported lifting the ban.
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