Do Ask. Do Tell.
This is a big day for advocates of repealing the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. The Senate voted 65-31 to repeal the policy banning gays in the military. This marks a historic day for gay civil rights.
“By ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ no longer will patriotic American be asked to live a lie in order to serve the country they love,” tweeted President Barack Obama immediately after today’s final vote.
The Senate was reminded that celebrations (or disapprovals) were “not in order.” This may resonate within the LGBT community and allies, as we wait for the final signature from President Obama. Hopes remain high after The President issued a statement from The White House asserting “ . . . I urge the Senate to send this bill to my desk so that I can sign it into law.”
The President’s full statement is included below:
Today, the Senate has taken an historic step toward ending a policy that undermines our national security while violating the very ideals that our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives to defend. By ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” no longer will our nation be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans forced to leave the military, despite years of exemplary performance, because they happen to be gay. And no longer will many thousands more be asked to live a lie in order to serve the country they love.
As Commander-in-Chief, I am also absolutely convinced that making this change will only underscore the professionalism of our troops as the best led and best trained fighting force the world has ever known. And I join the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the overwhelming majority of service members asked by the Pentagon, in knowing that we can responsibly transition to a new policy while ensuring our military strength and readiness.
I want to thank Majority Leader Reid, Senators Lieberman and Collins and the countless others who have worked so hard to get this done. It is time to close this chapter in our history. It is time to recognize that sacrifice, valor and integrity are no more defined by sexual orientation than they are by race or gender, religion or creed. It is time to allow gay and lesbian Americans to serve their country openly. I urge the Senate to send this bill to my desk so that I can sign it into law.
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Image via Colorlines Staff Reports WASHINGTON — A gay West Point graduate discharged from the militaryfor revealing his sexual orientation has been fined $100 in case resulting from his arrest during a 2010 White House demonstration. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office says Dan Choi was convicted and fined Thursday by a judge hearing his case. Choi faced a [...]March 29, 2013
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