2:57pm

Tue September 20, 2011
Politics

Colorado Senator Praises Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Colorado Senator Mark Udall called Tuesday’s repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy “a giant step” for national security and fundamental fairness.

Udall (D-CO) was at the front-line late last year in the battle to overturn “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He marked the policy’s official end by standing on Capitol Hill with military men and women who for the first time could say:

“My name is Josh C. Fried, and I am a gay lieutenant in the United States Air Force.”

Udall says the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a win for the entire country.

“When I heard at one of the early hearings, from each and everyone one of the members who’d been discharged, when, not if we repealed Don’t Ask Don’t, that they would reapply for their commission or re-enlist, that sealed it, not just for me or the committee, but for Americans.”

The senator is now pushing to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act which forbids the federal government from recognizing gay marriage.

Patrick Terpstra – Capitol News Connection.