|Dan Choi and Victor Fehrenbach|
Nearly 14,000 men and women have been tossed out under Clinton's "compromise". Senator Joe Lieberman said during today's debate that the U.S. government has spent over half a billion dollars training those dedicated, patriotic service members. A shameful chapter of our nation's history is now coming to and end thanks to the efforts of thousands men and women, who worked tirelessly for nearly two decades to make this happen.
President Obama hailed the senate vote today, saying, “The Senate has taken an historic step toward ending a policy that undermines our national security while violating the very ideals that our brave men and women in uniform risk their lives to defend.”
“By ending ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ no longer will our nation be denied the service of thousands of patriotic Americans forced to leave the military, despite years of exemplary performance, because they happen to be gay,” the president said. “And no longer will many thousands more be asked to live a lie in order to serve the country they love.”
Obama said he’s “absolutely convinced” that repeal of the law will underscore the professionalism of the world’s best-led and best-trained fighting force.
“And I join the secretary of defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as the overwhelming majority of servicemembers asked by the Pentagon, in knowing we can responsibly transition to a new policy while ensuring our military strength and readiness,” he said.