The Pentagon officially ends it's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Policy at midnight on Tuesday.
It is sparking celebrations from supporters and a few dramatic declarations from service members.
Almost 18 years later, the policy is officially repealed, now allowing gay and lesbian service members to serve openly in the military.
Some Central New Yorkers say it's about time.
"As on 12:01 a.m. we have the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell..."
Initiated in December of 1993, President Obama promised to ban the law that denied gay Americans from serving their country. He signed that ban last December.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he believes the country is moving closer to the values of what it's all about.
"Equality, equal opportunity and dignity for all Americans," said Mr. Panetta.
Valley resident, Harold Moss says the repeal is harmless.
"It shouldn't make a difference. I know I am in a work environment and there are people who are homosexual. In most cases, the people that work with them have an idea," said Moss.
Before the ban, the "Don't Ask Don't Tell law discharged 13,000 outed men and women from the military.
One Utica woman says the service members should be able to express their sexuality freely.
"I don't see why the government can't accept gay or lesbians. As long as they do their jobs and it's not affecting their job. It's their own personal lives. They are serving their country," said Bernadette Wojcik.
The Pentagon says they don't know how many service members will come out. But, they are not expecting high numbers.