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Task Force urges passage of measure to repeal military's discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy

Date: 
February 28, 2007

MEDIA CONTACT:
Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications
media@theTaskForce.org
646.358.1465

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 — The Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a congressional bill to repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel, was re-introduced today.

Statement by Dave Noble,
Public Policy & Government Affairs Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“The current draconian, immoral military policy that allows lesbian, gay and bisexual people to serve their country only if they lie about who they are is holding America back. Indeed, it is fundamentally un-American to tell service members, after they have put their lives on the line for our freedom, that they are kicked out of the military simply because of their sexual orientation.

“These courageous men and women who wish to serve their country deserve to be thanked and embraced, not forced to hide their families and their selves. And all Americans deserve to have a military that values qualified, willing, talented service members regardless of their sexual orientation. It is well past time for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to be repealed, and for all service members to be able to serve openly and honestly.

“The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is ready to support Congressman Marty Meehan and the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in the fight to end military discrimination.”

Additional resources for reporters:

According to U.S. Census data, black women with same-sex partners serve in the military at 11 times the rate of women overall. For more details, download Black Same-Sex Couple Households in the United States: A Report from the 2000 Census.

Latina women in same-sex couple households serve at six times the rate of Latina women living with a husband or co-habiting male partner. Download Hispanic and Latino Same-Sex Couple Households in the United States: A Report from the 2000 Census.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Toolkit for Law Students : This toolkit provides law students with information and concrete steps they can take to work for an end to discrimination against LGBT individuals in the armed forces. Download it here.

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