Task Force responds to lack of DADT repeal language in White House DOD authorization transmittal

May 14, 2010

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
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WASHINGTON, May 14 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force expressed outrage at President Obama's failure to include a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) to his most recent transmittal to Congress of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“We have repeatedly called on President Obama to find a way for people to serve openly in the U.S. military. That the White House transmittal on the DOD authorization does not include 'Dont' Ask, Don't Tell' repeal language is an outrage. The president had an opportunity here to take action to end an unjust, immoral law that discriminates against courageous, patriotic men and women willing to risk their lives to serve our country. That he has failed to do so shows a lack of leadership. Obama took the historic step of mentioning DADT repeal in his State of the Union address, he has consistently said he wants it repealed, and members of the military have spoken decisively against DADT in congressional hearings. And, yet he hasn't included it here. We again call upon the president to put action behind words. The lives and livelihoods of service members hang in the balance. Enough of the mixed messages, Mr. President. Let these men and women serve.”

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