For Immediate Release
Task Force: The Time Is Now to End 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Senate Armed Services Committee holds hearing today on the military ban
WASHINGTON - The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding a hearing
today on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Legislation to repeal the military
ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual service members was introduced
March 3 in the U.S. Senate by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).
Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
"Today, once again, people are stepping forth to testify about the
damage of the immoral and unnecessary 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy.
Unfortunately, we've heard many such stories of discrimination against
courageous and qualified people who are willing and proud to serve
their country. How many more of these stories must Congress hear before
it takes action to end this outrage?
"We thank Senator Levin for holding this hearing today, but the time
is now to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' Once again, we urge for the
immediate halt to all discharges of service members because of their
sexual orientation until Congress finally fulfills its responsibility
to overturn this archaic, unjust law."
The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, building the organizational capacity of our movement and generating groundbreaking research through our Policy Institute.