|Text on Button||I Salute Gays in the Military|
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Department of Defense Directive 1304.26, better known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," was signed into law by former President Bill Clinton and took effect on December 21, 1993. It became the official policy of the United States military regarding service of gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals. The act prohibited homosexual and bisexual service members from disclosing their sexual orientation under penalty while simultaneously barring homosexual and bisexual civilians from military service. Former president Barack Obama signed the repeal into law on December 22, 2010 and it officially ended on September 20, 2011.