Pelosi Statement on President Obama Signing Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after President Obama signed the historic repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy into law:

“Today, our country took another step forward on the road to fairness, civil rights, and equality for all Americans.  With the President’s signature, the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy becomes a memory; our armed forces become stronger; our nation becomes more secure.

“In this historic act, we have opened the doors of our military to all of the courageous Americans who wish to serve and sacrifice on our behalf, regardless of their sexual orientation.  And we have stated clearly and unequivocally: that, no matter whom you love, all of our service members are bound by love of country and a commitment to the cause of our common defense.

“The repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is a marker of progress for every American, a sign of our long-held ability to change for the better and advance our ideals in each generation.  I applaud my colleagues in the House and Senate for acting to correct this injustice, and I commend the President for standing up for the rights of LGBT Americans to serve openly and for singing this repeal into law.”