Congress Ends “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Policy

Marc R. Stanley and David A. Harris

Today’s 65-31 vote to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy that prohibited gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans from serving openly in our nation’s armed forces is truly historic. The repeal sends a clear message that any willing and able American can and should be allowed to proudly serve our country. As a world leader, it was appalling that we allowed legal and public discrimination to take place against some of the brave men and women who volunteered to serve their country on the field of battle. We applaud President Barack Obama for shining a bright light on this issue, and we commend the leadership of both the House and Senate for protecting the rights of gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans.
Marc R. Stanley is the Chair of the National Jewish Democratic Council. David A. Harris is NJDC’s President and CEO. Rep. Jared Polis is a Democratic Congressman from Colorado.

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