The United States military formerly excluded gay men , bisexuals , and lesbians from service. In , the United States Congress passed, and President William "Bill" Clinton signed a law instituting the policy commonly referred to as " Don't ask, don't tell " DADT which allowed gay, lesbian, and bisexual people to serve as long as they did not reveal their sexual orientation. Although there were isolated instances in which service personnel were met with limited success through lawsuits, efforts to end the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual people serving either legislatively, or through the courts initially proved unsuccessful. In , two federal courts ruled the ban on openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual service personnel unconstitutional, and on July 6, , a federal appeals court suspended the DADT policy.
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell — the US military's year ban on openly gay and lesbian service personnel — has officially been repealed, ushering in a new era for the country's armed forces. In a statement President Barack Obama welcomed the end of a policy that he said had forced gay and lesbian members to "lie about who they are". The repeal, which took effect from midnight on Tuesday, was celebrated as "momentous news" by gay lobby groups across the US, who have long fought against the policy, and among the military's estimated 65, serving gay and lesbian servicemen and women. Obama said he was confident that lifting the ban would enhance national security. Previously, serving gay and lesbians who did not keep their sexuality a secret faced being discharged from the military. Opponents had argued that allowing openly gay troops to serve would hamper military effectiveness.
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The sergeant and I stared at each other for a moment as the office door shut. Only seconds earlier, we both stood silent, hands clasped behind our backs respectfully, as a noncommissioned officer stood inches from my face and threatened to end my career. As we left the office, the sergeant searched for something consolatory to say. His words, and any comfort I might have taken from them, fell flat. I sat, staring at my computer screen, trying to recall what task I had been working on.
German law provides strict regulations for importing medicine into Germany from other countries. Prohibited medicine products identified by U. S and German customs officials can either be destroyed or returned to sender, according to German and U. For those affected by the policy, there are options available to receive certain medicines and supplements, to include military treatment facility MTF pharmacies, AAFES outlets, commissaries, and German pharmacies and retail stores, said Lt.