Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to mark the second anniversary of the implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell':
"Two years ago, our nation closed the door on a fundamental injustice against gays and lesbians by bringing an end to "Don't Ask Don't Tell.' Under this discriminatory law, more than 13,000 men and women in uniform were discharged from the military. Thousands more decided not to re-enlist -- forced to choose between the person they loved and their love of country.
"Today, thanks to the leadership of the Democratic Congress, our brave gay and lesbian service members are able to serve openly, proudly, and without fear. Now, standing up with their partners and alongside their peers, these men and women reaffirm a core American principle: Those who dedicate their lives to protecting us shall be honored by the country they serve so well.
"I also salute the courage and swift action of President Obama in the wake of the Supreme Court's historic decision on the Defense of Marriage Act -- ensuring that all military families in America are entitled to the same benefits under the law.
"As our nation moves forward in our march toward a more perfect union, we will work to ensure that every right, every privilege, and every opportunity belongs to every American -- no matter who they love."