Los Angeles: Moments ago, a bi-partisan majority of 63 US Senators voted to invoke “Cloture” on the measure to repeal the military’s seventeen year old “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy. Today’s procedural vote clears the way for final passage of repeal in the coming days.
In response to today’s events, Courage Campaign Chairman and Founder Rick Jacobs issued the following statement:
“Today is a historic moment for our military and our country as a whole. For 17 years, “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” has come at great cost to taxpayers and to our collective security, and we are heartened to see that it will soon be relegated to the dustbin of history where it belongs. Our thanks go out to the many elected leaders---including Congressman Patrick Murphy, Majority Leader Reid, Senators Lieberman, Collins, Udall, Gillibrand and others, whose steadfast leadership has now paved the way for elimination of this failed policy. We are equally grateful to the thousands of veterans and military families, including Lt. Dan Choi, Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach, Capt. Anthony Woods and thousands of other LGBT servicemen and women who have courageously answered our country’s call to serve---and whose stories showed America why repeal is not just a matter of justice and integrity, but a national security imperative.
Despite today’s vote, the work is not yet complete, and thousands of LGBT servicemen and women are continuing to serve in the shadows. That’s why we must remain vigiliant in ensuring the Senate moves quickly on final passage of repeal, and the Administration certifies and executes the Pentagon’s implementation plan in the coming months.”
The Courage Campaign is a multi-issue online organizing network that empowers more than 700,000 grassroots and netroots supporters to push for progressive change and full equality in California and across the country. Together with VoteVets.org, Rep. Patrick Murphy, and Outserve, the Courage Campaign has mobilized nearly 700,000 petition signatories from all 50 states and around the world advocating DADT Repeal--including more than 12,500 veterans and military families. Watch videos and read the stories of Veterans and military families who support repeal at www.couragecampaign.org/testimony.
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