Nadine Smith

UPDATE: U.S. Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Reaffirms Support for Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Filed By Nadine Smith | August 09, 2009 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: Don't Ask Don't Tell, Florida, military, ros-lehtinen, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, sldn

Here's a quick update on Equality Florida's conversations with Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen.

Today, she issued a statement today reaffirming her strong opposition to Don't Ask, Don't Tell. She also encourages us all to focus our efforts on those who have not yet signed. Constituent messages are particularly valuable for her colleagues.

To that end Equality Florida, Progress Florida and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network have teamed up to get our supporters to sign on to a letter that will be delivered to Congress.

Here's the link. Below (after the jump) is the release her office put out today. Please take a moment to sign the letter to Congress.

For Immediate Release
August 7, 2009

Ros-Lehtinen Supports Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy

(WASHINGTON) - U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said today that she will support the repeal of the U.S. Defense Department's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy which bars gays and lesbians from serving in the military. Statement of Ros-Lehtinen:

"Since the policy was announced 15 years ago, thousands of talented men and women, some with critically important skills, have been drummed out of military service. Many more continue to serve with distinction, contributing greatly to the defense of our country. But they are never free from the fear that their careers and lives could be ruined for reasons that have nothing to do with how well they do their job.

We've wasted a great deal of time and effort trying to enforce this failed policy. At a time when our armed forces are under unprecedented strain, we should welcome all those, regardless of sexual orientation, who ask nothing more than to serve their country."

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