Hoyer Statement on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Ruling

For Immediate Release:

October 12, 2010

Contact:

Katie Grant
Daniel Reilly
202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after a federal judge issued an injunction stopping enforcement of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy:
 
“Today's ruling is another step toward equality for gays and lesbians in the military who serve our nation with great honor.  The ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell’ policy has already caused the dismissal of 13,500 servicemen and women, many with important skills and experiences that are needed to keep our military strong and our country safe. The House acted earlier this year to have the Defense Department review this policy, and certify that its repeal is consistent with military readiness, military effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting.  I look forward to the day when every American, regardless of their sexual orientation, can serve our nation proudly without having to hide who they are.”
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