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Chairman Tim Kaine Calls for Senate Approval of Bill Repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Earlier this week, the House passed legislation that would repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. The Senate is expected to vote on repeal legislation this weekend. In advance of that vote, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement urging repeal:

In the nearly two decades since ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ first took effect, America has come a long way. Today, the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs see this discriminatory policy as outdated. Within the military, a majority of service members believe that those who are willing to offer their service should be able to do so without regard to their sexual orientation. And across the country, a majority of Americans believe the time has come to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’

Given the significant support for the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ among America’s leaders, America’s service members, and the American people, there is no reason the Senate should not repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ – and I call upon Senators of both parties to do just that. It’s what Americans want; it’s what our military deserves; and it’s what our country needs.