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Barbara Walters Celebrates Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' on the Intrepid
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20 Sep 2012 09:11 AM EST

-by Hadden Martinez, Contributing Writer; Image: Amy Laurent, Tom Murro, Barbara Walters and Randy Jones (Image Source: Tom Murro, “Celebrity Magnet”)

Tuesday night, the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum hosted Hundreds on the Hudson to commemorate the first anniversary of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

The night was all the more special as Barbara Walters acted as emcee.

Walters was all smiles as she schmoozed with Amy Laurent, star of Bravo’s Miss Advised, and the original Village People cowboy, Randy Jones—who at 60 years young managed to be the life of the party, even busting out a spur-of-the-moment YMCA.

Former chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen was honored for the role he played in the repeal of the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian service members. Tributes were paid by Service Members Legal Defense Network, OutServe and the Interbank Roundtable Committee.

Walters herself applauded gay service members and those who fought to repeal the ban, citing Mullen as her “hero.”

“You have fought for something that is right—the end of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy—so tonight is about history. Tonight is also honoring each and every one of you who has served our nation,” she said. “Tonight for the first time in American history, you have the chance to stand before this leader, an admiral, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the man who helped you on this journey and we all simply say, thank you sir.”

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