The White House on Wednesday released a
3-minute video promoting President Barack Obama signing the bill that
ends “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” the 17-year-old law that bans gay
and bisexual troops from serving openly.
The video features portions of Obama's
speech at the Department of Interior and interviews with
lawmakers and other stakeholders.
Outgoing Pennsylvania Representative
Patrick Murphy sponsored the repeal bill in the House.
“It means the world – not just for
those in the military – but for our country to see a president that
is willing to do what is right, which makes our country great,”
Murphy says in the video.
Also interviewed in the video is
Captain Jonathan Hopkins, who was discharged for violating the
policy, and White House domestic policy adviser Melody Barnes.
A gallery shot shows openly gay
Representatives Barney Frank of Massachusetts, Tammy Baldwin of
Wisconsin and Jared Polis of Colorado seated together.
At the end of the video, Obama signs
the bill into law, then says, “This is done.” (The video is
embedded in the right panel of this page.)