President Obama Signs Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act into Law: Dec. 22, 2010 Speech, Video

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 22: U.S. President Barack Obama (C) signs legislation repealing military policy law during a ceremony December 22, 2010 in Washington, DC. President Obama signed into law a bill repealing the don't ask, don't tell law against gays serving openly in the military. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama signs the Don’t Tell Repeal Act into law on Weds. Dec. 22, 2010. See full video of speech and signing ceremony below. The event starts at 9:15 a.m. ET at the U.S. Dept. of Interior; watch live stream below. Thereafter, check back for complete replay video and transcript.

UPDATE: Video and transcript are below.

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Click here to read the transcript text.

Click the picture above to see the full gallery of photos. Here is a report from the Washington Post on the DADT signing ceremony.


Live web-feed video above. The event can also be seen via the White House Web site as well as on CNN Live and the White House iPhone app, a free download.

The signing takes place at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, DC. The landmark DADT repeal vote passed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 250 to 175 and the Senate by a vote of 65 to 31 and ends a policy first established in 1993 during the Clinton administration which barred openly gays and lesbians from serving in the military.

The full text of the legislation can be seen here: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010.

Today’s complete itinerary: President Obama official schedule and guidance, Dec. 22, 2010.

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