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


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On Tuesday, we celebrated 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 last year to end this wrongheaded 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 must continue efforts to repeal the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act, but in the meantime, I urge the Obama Administration to investigate opportunities to extend the same support and benefits to all our troops and their families. We cannot allow there to be two classes of service members in our military -- those who receive benefits for their families and those who do not.

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