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Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell Has Gone Smoothly

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Six months after repeal, no disruption reported

On the six-month anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said the changes in policy have caused virtually no disruption in the Armed Services.

"It has been a non-issue," Pingree said. "Despite what we heard from some, it turns out that letting service members be honest about being gay or lesbian haven't caused any problems in the ranks. Military discipline, moral and unit cohesion hasn't been affected. Despite the predictions, the military is still intact and America is still safe."

Pingree, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, had been a strong and vocal opponent of Don't Ask, Don't Tell and spoke frequently in favor of repeal in the Committee and on the House Floor.

"It's too late for the thousands of men and women who were kicked out under that misguided policy, but at least in the years ahead someone who wants to serve our country won't have to worry about being fired from their job if they happen to be gay," Pingree said.

Pingree said that while repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell is a major accomplishment, there is still more work to be done.

"Same-sex couples still aren't on a level playing field in the military," Pingree said. "They should be able to get the same housing and medical benefits as their straight peers and that's a change that still needs to be made."

According to a Military Times poll, the impact of Don't Ask, Don't Tell repeal has been minimal.


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