U.S. Senate votes to end filibuster of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal bill
Pedro Julio Serrano
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force applauded the Senate’s cloture vote today allowing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal bill to proceed to the full Senate for a vote. The Task Force has been working in coalition with other organizations advocating for repeal of the military ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.
Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
"This vote today marks a critical step toward creating a path that could end in lesbian, gay and bisexual people finally being able to serve openly, honestly, and to great benefit of our country. Three-quarters of Americans say ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should be repealed, as do top military leaders. We thank those senators who supported cloture today, and urge the full Senate to pass ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal. It’s time to end this costly and discriminatory policy. Until then, the lives and careers of thousands of courageous, qualified and patriotic service members will continue to hang in the balance."
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The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund, founded in 1974 as the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Inc., works to build the grassroots political power of the LGBT community to win complete equality. We do this through direct and grassroots lobbying to defeat anti-LGBT ballot initiatives and legislation and pass pro-LGBT legislation and other measures. We also analyze and report on the positions of candidates for public office on issues of importance to the LGBT community. The Task Force Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation incorporated in New York. Contributions to the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund are not tax deductible.
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