Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., issued the following statement today about the release of the Pentagon's 10-month study regarding current policies that ban openly-gay Americans from serving in the military. Today's report shows that 70 percent of the more than 115,000 servicemembers who returned the survey support repealing the law known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
"Today's report underscores what so many of us already know -- that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell' just doesn't work," Chu said. "Our troops know this is an unnecessary policy, and so do I. Acting on this study will help us put intolerance behind us and create a more inclusive military that protects America without promoting prejudice.
"The time for delay is over. The House has said it, the courts have said it, our men and women in uniform have said it, and now it's time for the Senate to join us in saying that we must end this misguided policy," added Rep. Chu. "I urge Republicans in the Senate to stop blocking this repeal and call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support its passage."
Representative Judy Chu is a longtime supporter of equal rights for every American and was recently awarded a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign for her work in the 111th Congress. She was elected in July 2009 to the U.S. House of Representatives as the Representative of California's 32nd District, which includes East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. She is a member of the House Judiciary, Government Oversight, and Education and Labor Committees.
Congresswoman Chu's career in politics spans 24 years. A lifelong educator, Congresswoman Chu taught community college classes in Los Angeles and East Los Angeles for 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology and a B.A. in mathematics.