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September 20th, 2011
02:20 PM ET

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy repealed today

The "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) policy, which has been in effect since the Clinton administration, ends today and gay men and lesbians will now be able to serve openly in the military.

The repeal comes after thousands of miltary men and women were discharged over the past seventeen years for being gay, including many high-ranking service members and Arab linguists.

The history of the policy is detailed in a new HBO documentary, "The Strange History of Don't Ask Don't Tell," which examines the consequences of the policy and the fight to overturn it.

Two people featured in the documentary, Patrick Murphy, former Pennsylvania Congressman who pushed for the repeal, and Lt Col. Victor Fehrenbach, who faced discharge under DADT, join American Morning today to talk about what the repeal of the policy means to them.

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