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Gays and Lesbians can now serve openly in the military

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San Diego (AP/CBS8) - Tuesday mark's the end of the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy.

President Obama signed a repeal of the law in December of last year. But the Pentagon held off on officially doing away with it until new rules and new training were put in place.

For 18 years, the law banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

The advocacy group Servicemembers Legal Defense Network estimates more than 14-thousand people were kicked out of the military because of the law. Many of them are already looking to re-enlist.

Meanwhile, the group Servicemembers United estimates 66-thousand gay and lesbians are currently serving out country and the repeal of DADT will allow them to focus more on their military mission instead of hiding behind a shroud of lies.

News 8's Craig McKee has more in this video report on what the end to this policy means to some local vets who say they served their country in the shroud of DADT.

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