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H.R. 2965 (111th): Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010

About the bill

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The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 (H.R. 2965, S. 4023) is a landmark United States federal statute enacted in December 2010 that established a process for ending the Don't ask, don't tell (DADT) policy (10 U.S.C. § 654), thus allowing gays, lesbians, and bisexuals to serve openly in the United States Armed Forces. It ended the policy in place since 1993 that allowed them to serve only if they kept their sexual orientation secret and the military did not learn of their sexual orientation.

The Act established a process for ending the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. According to the Congressional Research Service, the Act:

Provided for repeal of the current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in ...

Sponsor and status

Jason Altmire

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 4th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010
Length: 3 pages
Jun 19, 2009
111th Congress (2009–2010)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 22, 2010

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 22, 2010.

Pub.L. 111-321

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

H.R. 6520: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010

Introduced on Dec 14, 2010. 69% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3454: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011

Failed Cloture on Dec 9, 2010. 0% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3455: Department of Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011

Ordered Reported on Jun 4, 2010. 0% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4022: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010

Introduced on Dec 9, 2010. 67% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 4023: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010

Ordered Reported on Dec 13, 2010. 67% incorporated. (compare text)


Jun 19, 2009

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Jun 24, 2009
Ordered Reported

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Jul 8, 2009
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Jul 13, 2009
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 15, 2010
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the House with an Amendment.

Dec 18, 2010
Senate Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Dec 22, 2010
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 2965 (111th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2965. This is the one from the 111th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 111th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 22, 2010. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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