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Kerry Responds to Pentagon Report: The Time is Now to End "Don't Ask, Don't Tell'

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Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today released a statement regarding the Pentagon's report on gays in the military:

"For years, Senators have said they'd lift the ban on gays serving openly in the military when the military signaled the time had come. When the architect of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' General Colin Powell, said the time had come, they said they wanted to hear from the current brass. When the current brass and the Defense Secretary said the time had come, they said they wanted to hear from the troops. Well, the military has spoken again, and an overwhelming number currently serving have said the time is now. Not in ten years, but now. The service members on the ground have confirmed that a change in policy will do nothing to affect unit cohesion or their ability to carry out their mission. End of story. Just like we did after President Truman desegregated the military and after the path was cleared for women to serve, we'll someday look back on this policy and wonder what on earth took Washington so long to fix it."


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