For Immediate Release
Vaishalee Raja, Communications Director
PHONE: (916) 284-9187
Equality California Applauds Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
WASHINGTON - Today, President
Obama signed into law legislation repealing the so-called “Don’t Ask,
Don’t Tell” military policy that denies lesbian, gay, and bisexual
Americans the right to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces. In
response, Mario Guerrero, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Equality
California Government Affairs Director released the following statement:
repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is a triumphant victory and a huge
step forward in the fight for full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender Americans. As a former service member, I know all too
well the injustices of this discriminatory policy, and I am thrilled
that brave lesbian, gay and bisexual soldiers will finally be able to
serve our nation openly and with respect they deserve. In the interim,
we urge Defense Secretary Robert Gates to suspend current investigations
and discharges required under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
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