Task Force responds to Senate Armed Services Committee vote on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal

May 27, 2010

Inga Sarda-Sorensen
Director of Communications
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WASHINGTON, May 27 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force responded to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee’s vote to include repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military ban as part of the Department of Defense authorization bill.

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

"Today’s vote marks an important step toward ending an outdated, unnecessary and costly policy that discriminates against courageous and qualified people willing to risk their lives by serving in the military. We thank the committee members who voted to advance the repeal measure, joining with the 78 percent of Americans who believe ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should become a policy of the past. We call for a prompt vote by the full Senate that will get us even closer to permitting lesbian, gay and bisexual service members to serve openly and honestly.

“While this is progress toward ending an unjust law, we continue to call for clear assurances of protection, a specific timeline for repeal implementation, and an immediate halt to the discharges.”

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