Press Release ● Human and Civil Rights
For Immediate Release: 
September 19, 2012
Contact Info: 

Katie Grant, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today on the one year anniversary of the end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which is tomorrow, September 20:

“I join in marking the one-year anniversary of the end of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and the beginning of a new era of strength through inclusion for our military.  I was proud to help lead the successful repeal effort that finally ended that discriminatory policy.  Doing so opened doors for LGBT Americans wishing to join our armed forces and ended the fearful prospect of discharge for those who were already serving.

“Our nation has always been strongest when our policies match our values.  It was wrong to deny patriotic Americans the right to serve in our military for so long simply on the grounds of sexual orientation.  We have now corrected that wrong, and today our nation and our military are better off for it.  Contrary to what opponents of repeal claimed, our military preparedness and troop morale have not suffered as a result.  I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in Congress, with our military commanders, and with LGBT community advocates to keep our military strong and rooted firmly in our highest values as we move forward.”