July 22nd, 2011
04:25 PM ET

Pentagon certifies military readiness for DADT repeal

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen certified Friday that the U.S. military is prepared to accept openly gay and lesbian service members, and that doing so will not harm military readiness, according to the White House.

Under a bill passed last year that set up a process for repealing the controversial "don't ask, don't tell" policy, all three men needed to sign a certification that confirms the military's ability to accept the integration of openly gay and lesbian troops.

A 60-day waiting period will now begin before the repeal is fully implemented.

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  1. John D

    How does this work legally?

    That is, why can Congress require the assent of the SecDef and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs?
    Both Admiral Mullen and the Secretary of Defense are subordinate to the President, and serve at the President's pleasure.

    ...So how does that work?

    July 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      That's the way it was written into this particular law.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. not ok

    as a veteran, i dont agree with this, and whoever is moderating needs to put my previous message up, I use t like cnn, but i can see they are a pro gay. The hypocrisy of people who call themselves gay christians...what bible are they reading...its like saying your a adultry commiting christian or a lying christian thief....crazy

    July 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      'its like saying your a adultry commiting christian or a lying christian thief'
      in my experience that covers the majority of those that call themselves christian.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wobh

      Or a lying, child molesting, christian priest....

      July 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      not a fan of the gays, I see. Fine. Thanks for sharing.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alexa

      My father is a veteran (Korean War) as well and he says that sometimes in war you have to fight next to people you don't like so much, but at the end of the day you are both still American soldiers.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • rusty benson

      your bible says many lies and you as a christian are a huge flip flopper yourself. keep your false messiah out of my life. i am jewish. also its not your call. i frown upon soldiers, esp soldiers like you. fighting for your freedom while opressing people yourself? your the hypocrite.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • yannaes

      Cedar Rapids: You know the majority, you are amazing,,,I never met you...as being a part of the majority..and to generalize a group based on your level is absurd.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • KennyG

      Sorry to say, most of the media does appear to be anti Christian and pro liberal 'do what you want to do'. This applies to most bloggers that respond. I can only say that upon their demise, they will find out (to their dismay) that they were wrong and something terrible is going to happen to them. Pray for them.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • @not ok

      Dear Lord, please save us from your followers...

      July 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • DW

      NOt Ok: Have you ever thought that maybe CNN is Pro-Equal Rights?

      July 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Why would Christ be opposed to people loving each other?

      July 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob in LA

      The gay Christians are reading The Bible any REAL Christian would- the one that include the teachings of Christ. Never once in any part of the New Testament did he condemn another human being except for the heretics in the temple- our modern-day Evangelists. "Christian" is to be "Christ-like" I have no clue who or whatt hose who condemn and judge others are. As for all the quotes you "loving" people like to use from the Old Testament, until you follow ALL of those rules, I suggest you stop cherry -picking the ones you want. and live by very few words spoken by God quoted in the Bible.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • C. Wright


      How sad it is to see that you are such an ignorant man! Doesn't your Bible say not to judge and God created man so guess God made the gays too huh? Keep your narrow minded opinions to yourself!

      July 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not Ok is Not Ok

      Stop using your fictional mythology to try and control other peoples' actions. If you want to use your book to dictate your own actions and mores, great. If you want to keep LGBT's out of your church, fine. That sort of restriction has no place in the military or a free society in general.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ToughIf YaDontAgree

      You in fact agree with the previous discrimination and bigotry? Well tough 'bro, cause it's gone and that's the new law now! Get over it already! And who are you to be casting stones at people? Look at your own backyard first!

      July 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. not ok

    there not christians my friends, those are called hypocryts, those are talked about in the bible too, so before you try to do the devils work and put god feariing christians in the same group with fake christians seek the truth...cedar rapids...its for you 2...and walk the walk, dont talk the talk like the so called "christians" you know

    July 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wobh

      and guess what... you don't have to be a christian to be in the military either... so your point is moot.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • rusty benson

      this aint a christian country- the founding fathers did not create an official state religion. and this is not a theocracy. i fear g-d, but i don't fear your false messiah. jesus was jewish- not christian. also, i say the christian devil does not exist. nor is there a hell. keep your lie out of my life.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDCyclist

      What does the bible have to do with any of this? It's just a book of stories and fables written by countless hundreds of people, edited to death over the millenia, and created simply to control people. There is no god. I don't care what your god says about anything. Your opinion about this topic is meaningless, unwanted, and pointless.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Thelistman

    My question is will this officially "forgive" those 13,000+ people who were kicked out of the military for being gay? It seems unfair to hold a dishonorable discharge over someone's head for a law that no longer applies.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      To some extent yes. To those that are still eligible, they are being encouraged to reenlist... and quite a number are. To others, they can apply to have their status changed, albeit not automatically.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • former military

      I spent 21 years in the military and is to my experience that many of these Soldiers, who were kicked out for being gay, wanted to be out and thus used that excuse to be forced out.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      most of them didn't get dishonorable discharges – they got convenience of the government discharges; you have to be courts-martialed to get a dishonorable. If they did something to get courts-martialed – then they got what they earned. as for all of them coming back in – have at it – we are drawing down in case you haven't noticed - they're cutting the defense budget big time.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob in LA

      Former Military- you have no clue what you are talking about. If a gay man joined the military, it was because he was probably MORE of a true patriot than the many that did so to turn their lives around or to escape and existence they couldn't handle.. Through ur history there have been millions of gay soldiers that served this country and did so with the greatest of courage and respect for our freedoms. All the hatred being spoken about gays was said of blacks, women and other minorities. Ignorance is not bliss- it's ignorance

      July 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MarineVet

    As a vet, I'm proud of this day. I was proud to serve with my fellow Americans.
    Never felt more proud to be an American Vet.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • brian

      I wish there was a like button I could hit. Thank you!

      July 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe


      July 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • SooooMeeee

      Well, goodie for you. Glad you work hard to save our country. However, you are missing the major point of this topic.

      Still in all, thank you for serving and protecting us.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kudos 2U

      Kudos to you, MarineVet! I'm sure glad to see that not everyone is close-minded and bigoted against their fellow soldiers whose orientation may differ from theirs! Thank you for your service to our country, and we must also remember to thank every G-ay and Le-sbi-an solider who fought hard and even gave their life to their country as well. Good luck to you, Marine! Stand up straight and square your shoulders against the bigotry that exists in this country against others who also serve proudly!

      July 22, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TJ

    As a veteran of the military, I applaud this decision. As a gay man I can tell you my shipmates were my brothers and they were my peers. I would've done anything for any of them. What civilians dont realize is when you join a branch of the US military its your family. All families have issues but they resolve them in house, and you still care about your brother.

    This is why I enlisted and fought for our county...is for the freedoms and liberty for every single citizen.....

    July 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Thank you for your service!

      July 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. not ok

    yup there are people who "claim" to be christian, but that the whole point. So they can pollute the idea of a god fearing people, and just make it seem like its all lies...its the devil way to justify people to do what they want and not fear god. And i find it funny how people deny God exists..and people think they are smarter than thousands of years of knowledge and their creator. BUt you never hear people talking about the devils doesnt exist,...its becuz he doing what he does best...

    July 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      Shouldn't you be on the Belief board? You can say what you want, but you're a bit off-topic here. This is about a policy change in the US Military – not a debate about what makes a Christian a Christian.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iconoclast

      I'm gonna say it, the Devil doesn't exist, just like God doesn't exist. The Bible is a LIE, people who believe it are decieved and gullible. People who deny other people rights because of what's written in it are a plague on society. I don't care if you want to believe it, that's your right. Don't try to impose your beliefs on me or anyone else.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShowLove More

      You know, not ok, you should ask God to help you love your fellow man as Jesus told everyone they should do and without reservation or discrimination against who they were. You need to let go of that rancor and angry thoughts against others whom God also created. Learn to love and understand them and live with people in a decent manner and respect others for their diversity for that is what it is all about in this world. Without that, we would not be able to see the forest for the trees.

      July 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Queen for a day

    CODY, too bad you aren't a woman becuse I think I love you.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cody

      HAHA. Unfortunately, I'm male and straight. But a lot of my lesbian friends in uniform are neither of the two.

      July 22, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. not ok

    WOBH...yea u dont have to be a christian to be in the military, and you can be morally corrupt and be in the military too as i can see....plus i served, so i know

    July 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      They gave "morality" waivers to felons long before they let gays in.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yannaes

    The Chinese Military, 4 million will be even stronger now,,thanks Pentagon. Will the military also provide separate showers..don't bend over..
    I am ready for the hits...I love it!

    July 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      No worries – I'll get the soap.

      July 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leslie

      that's why soap on a rope was created!

      July 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. not ok

    rusty benson...you denied the messiah...your people did...your the hyprorite...and you call yourself jewish...what other things have you done but deny your creator. Your people want to call Jesus the false messiah...but your people recognize him as a prophet?...your the fool

    July 22, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      So Not are you like a radical Christian...wow...to say brainwashed and misled i think are words too soft to describe you

      July 22, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TJ

    Stupidity rains on this board from Not Ok and Yannaes...wow....here i thought most Americans were semi educated.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      you obviously don't get to these boards very often – lol.

      July 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Leslie

    Thank God! Maybe now we can stop hearing about it! What about the 18 year-old who can fight for his country and vote for a president, but can't have a drink? that affects a whole lot more of our troops than this distraction.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mindie in Indie

    Hey white people don't even like black people in their church, so why would any Christian not discriminate against gays. It's what they – discriminate.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. not ok

    @rusty benson...Jesus was a jew, and he said he was the messiah and that he was GOD...and he did many miracles to prove this. THousands of years later he still has an influence, but your same people denied him. The message was for your people first becuz you were Gods chosen people, but you denied him..."let his blood be on our heads" now look how the jews have been persecuted through out the world. And you say false messiah...and that there is no hell..What a way to make it seem there is no accountability to those who dont know the truth..so they can jusy do what they want on earth, becuz its their life and God doesnt exist...sad

    July 22, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • stejo

      Thank you Mel – don't you have a woman to hit or something?

      July 22, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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