Press Release ● Defense and National Securityfacebooktwitterbirdemail
For Immediate Release: 
December 21, 2011
Contact Info: 

Daniel Reilly, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on the one year anniversary of legislation providing for the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" being signed into law, which is tomorrow: 

“One year ago tomorrow, we reached a milestone that marked a new era of opportunity for gay and lesbian Americans wishing to serve our country openly in uniform. When President Obama signed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010” into law, providing for its repeal, our country declared an end to the discriminatory policy that told Americans they could not serve their country simply because of who they are and who they love. As we continue to tear down barriers to inclusion, in the process we build up the foundations of our democracy and strengthen our Armed Forces. With repeal, we as a nation have taken one more step forward in strengthening the ideals for which our troops continue to risk their lives. I join the LGBT community in celebrating the progress we have made together and in recommitting ourselves to continue the work still ahead.”