(CNN) – President Barack Obama's re-election campaign put a feather in its cap Tuesday, as the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," became effective.
In an e-mail sent to supporters Tuesday, campaign manager Jim Messina called the end of the policy that prevented gay soldiers from serving openly in the military one of the administration's "signature achievements."
"Gay men and lesbians in the military no longer have to hide who they are, and the service members who were discharged under this policy can re-enlist," Messina said.
"President Obama is proud to have signed the repeal."
The repeal was effective at 12:01 a.m. and capped the end of an almost-18 year policy-it was enacted in December of 1993 and signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.
Calling the repeal a "personal promise kept," Messina also said it was a reminder that "as broken as Washington is and as long as change can take - people and organizations can do amazing things when they work together and never waver from the vision that unites them."
Messina closed the message with a reminder. "There's a lot more to do in the months ahead. But today is one to savor."