05.25.10

Comment On Repeal Of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy

“I support congressional action to move past the policies that discriminated against men and women serving or wanting to serve in our Nation’s military, on the basis of their sexual orientation.  I commend Admiral Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Defense Secretary Gates, and the President for their leadership on this important issue.  America is defended by the finest military in the world.  There should be no place in America, including in our military, for discrimination.

“While the country and Congress work to move the Nation forward and open the doors of opportunity to all Americans, some still choose to sow division and partisan conflict.  How ironic that the policy of nondiscrimination that Elena Kagan sought to encourage while serving as the Dean of Harvard Law School is poised to become the law of the land, while those who oppose her nomination continue to distort her lawful actions to ensure that the school followed its nondiscrimination policy.  I support the reversal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.  I hope all Senators will.”

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