Washington, DC – Today, the Pentagon released the results of a comprehensive, 10-month study regarding American service members’ views on the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy. According to the survey, a large majority of American troops would have little issue with the repeal of DADT. The survey’s positive findings come on the heels of declarations of support for the repeal of DADT by Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen, as well as President Obama. As such, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine released the following statement urging Congressional repeal of DADT during this legislative session:
“There are very few actions more praiseworthy than the decision to put one’s life at risk in order to protect the safety of one’s fellow Americans as a member of our nation’s armed forces – so it is time that we end the discriminatory practice of preventing any individual brave enough to make that decision from serving in the military on the sole basis of their sexual orientation. The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy is outdated and unjustified and it is time we consigned it to the dustbin of history.
“The President, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, a majority of Americans, and a majority of service members are ready to end Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. And as the Pentagon has found, there is no compelling reason for keeping this policy in place. I urge Congress to act now – without delay – and repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”