EDISON - A landmark bill was signed into law today by President Obama, repealing the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.

Openly gay men and women will now be able to serve in the United States armed forces.

Alexander Shalom with the American Civil Liberties Union in Newark tells News 12 New Jersey the president did the right thing, making good on his campaign promise to repeal the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy started under President Clinton almost 18 years ago.

Former Army Capt. Michael McPhearson, of Newark, got out of the service before the policy was in effect and told News 12 New Jersey that he remembers serving with a few gay people and it was never a big deal.