Tuesday at midnight marked the end of the U.S. military’s policy of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, regarding homosexual soldiers. The policy — voted out of favor by politicians last Dec. — meant that military personnel couldn’t disclose or question sexual preferences.
Now, that’s all over. Members of the military and civilians are heralding the end of the policy in various ways — one soldier even came out to his father in a poignant YouTube video.
Others — like celebrities — are using Twitter to express their happiness. Kathy Griffin was among the most outspoken celebrities before it was repealed; now, tons of celebrities are weighing in with their feelings.
“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is officially over. It’s a good day. #DADT,” Ellen DeGeneres tweeted.
Wanda Sykes agreed. “Congratulations to all of our service members who can now truly be all that you can be. #DADT was a hot mess.”
Lady Gaga has been outspoken about the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell for some time — she even brought gay soldiers with her to the 2010 MTV VMAs.
“Can’t hold back the tears+pride. We did it! Our voice was heard + today the Senate REPEALED DADT. A triumph for equality after 17 YEARS,” Mother Monster tweeted after it was repealed.
“What a tremendous & beautiful day, DADT is officially repealed & the new order is in place. Sending all my love&gratitude to service members,” Gaga said.
“DADT … gone! Good riddance,” Lynch wrote.
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