Bennet Applauds Key Milestone in Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
President, Military Leaders Certify Military Ready For RepealJuly 22, 2011
Washington, DC – Michael Bennet, U.S. Senator for Colorado, released the following statement after President Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and military leaders certified the military’s readiness for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
“It’s long past time for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ to be relegated to the dustbin of history,” said Bennet. “‘This backwards looking policy is not only wrong; it undermines our national security and flies in the face of our national values.
“Now that the President, Secretary Panetta and our military chiefs have certified the military is ready for this transition, we are well on our way towards affirming our nation’s basic rights and affording every American, regardless of their sexual orientation, the opportunity to serve their country.”
Bennet was an original co-sponsor of the bill to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He is also a cosponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act, a bill that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). For more information, please click here.