Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after President Obama signed legislation allowing the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" into law:
"Today, I was proud to join President Obama as he signed into law a bill to allow the Department of Defense to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' For far too long, this discriminatory policy has harmed our military's effectiveness by depriving it of the service of brave Americans willing to fight for their country. That's why our military's leaders, our troops, and a large majority of the American people all wanted 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' to be repealed.
"I want to thank all those whose years of hard work and advocacy made today possible. I also want to thank Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins for sponsoring repeal in the Senate, and Rep. Patrick Murphy for being the original sponsor of House legislation and working with me to bring a stand-alone repeal bill to the floor of the House this month. With President Obama's signature, our Armed Forces can begin a responsible transition to open service."