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Ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"


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On Tuesday, we celebrated the two year anniversary of the long-overdue end of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, finally closing the door on a fundamental unfairness and affirming equality for all Americans. When the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate took action two years ago to end this discriminatory policy, we reaffirmed the core American principle that anyone who wishes to serve, secure, and defend this country must be judged by their abilities and honored for their dedication and sacrifice.

We still have work to do. For gays and lesbians discharged or punished unfairly, we must work to correct their paperwork to properly reflect their service. We must work to end the discriminatory Defense of Marriage act. We must work to ensure that full support and benefits are granted to our gay and lesbian veterans. Finally, we must work to ensure that there is one class of service member in our military.

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