A policy banning open homosexuality in the US military has been repealed after nearly two decades.
The dropping of “don’t ask, don’t tell” means service members can now reveal they are gay without fear of investigation or discharge.
“Repeal Day” parties have been organised across the country to mark the victory for gay rights.
The US Congress voted last year to repeal the law, which was introduced in 1993 under the Clinton administration.
Under the policy, gay people were permitted to serve as long as they did not openly acknowledge their sexual orientation, while commanders were not allowed to ask.
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