People For the American Way

African American Ministers in Action Responds to Senate’s Vote on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2010

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The Senate today ended the filibuster of a bill that creates a path toward repeal of the discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

Leslie Watson Malachi, Director of African American Ministers in Action, said:

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell denies thousands of men and women in uniform the dignity of serving their country openly and honestly, and the comfort of acknowledging their loved ones. These brave and patriotic Americans deserve better.

“The Senate voted today for common sense over fear, for compassion over suspicion. Members of the armed forces deserve our heartfelt thanks, not our censure. The Senate’s vote to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a powerful step toward righting a shameful wrong.”

African American Ministers in Action, a program of People For the American Way, is an alliance of over 700 progressive African American clergy supporting social justice, civil rights, and reproductive health and justice.