People For the American Way

Senate Takes Critical Step Toward Repealing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 18, 2010

Contact: Drew Courtney or Miranda Blue at People For the American Way

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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.

Michael Keegan, President of People For the American Way, said:

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is an unjust and ineffective policy, and it has burdened our armed services for far too long. For years, the policy’s proponents have put a far-right social agenda ahead of national security and human dignity, brushing aside studies that prove its harmfulness and ignoring polls that show huge majorities opposing it. The Senate’s vote today marks a triumph of common sense over cynicism and brings us one step closer to a day when all qualified, patriotic Americans can serve our country openly and with dignity.”