The Senate’s vote today to repeal the military’s unjust Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is a landmark victory that ends the 17-year policy of discrimination against lesbians and gay men in the military and moves our nation one step closer to realizing the promise of equality.
issue: Women in the Military
“The Pentagon survey makes it clear that lesbians and gay men serving openly in the military are not the problem,” said NOW President Terry O’Neill. “The problem is Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which should have been repealed long ago.”
A California federal judge today issued a global injunction to suspend the U.S. military from enforcing its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which bans lesbians and gays from serving openly in the military.
The National Organization for Women condemns the Senate’s failure yesterday to repeal the U.S. military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy. This policy, which bars lesbians and gay men from serving openly in the military, has resulted in the unjust discharge of more than 14,000 service members.
Yesterday the House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee voted to end the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy that has barred lesbians and gay men from serving openly in the military.
“This has been a long time coming. More than 14,000 service members have had their careers cut short,” said NOW President Terry O’Neill. “While NOW applauds the action taken by Congress, we believe that it does not go far enough.”