Four Years Later: The Lessons of Ditching 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

The military is doing fine with openly gay soldiers in its ranks, although advocates say there is more work to do.

Members of the audience watch a video message from U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta during an event to observe the 'Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month' June 26, 2012 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. It was the first-ever LGBT event held at the Pentagon.

Photographer: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Four years ago Monday, President Barack Obama freaked out some of his military brass by signing a law repealing the Clinton-era "don't ask, don't tell" policy.  The edict had kept an estimated 65,000 gay and lesbian troops locked in the closet, based on the belief that open gayness would disrupt the morale of the armed forces and affect their ability to protect the country. 

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