....gays and lesbians who were open about their sexual orientation -- or who were outed -- faced punishment and expulsion.
Such punishments and expulsions will now stop. And the repeal ends any pending investigations or inquiries.
The original drive to lift the ban, and later the DADT policy, pitted those fighting to recognize the service of gay servicemen and women against those who feared it would disrupt the service's sense of order and undermine critical military relationships...
'Don't ask, don't tell' repeal lets gays, lesbians serve openly