Judy Chu Celebrates the Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell
September 20, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Judy Chu (CA-32) released the following statement today on the historic end of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy:
"September 20th, 2011 is a day many in Congress had hoped would come sooner. More importantly, it is a day millions of service members and their families had hoped would come sooner: a day when men and women are no longer forced to lie about the person they love in order to serve the country they love.
"Since 1993, over 13,000 openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual service members have been discharged because of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Having this highly-discriminatory policy fade into history will strengthen our country and empower our service members. No longer will patriots be forced to lie about who they are in order to serve, protect, and defend America.
"The repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell was long overdue. The policy never worked – it only deterred patriots from protecting their country and mired our armed services with injustice. Not only did members of our armed services want this repeal, but also an overwhelming majority of Americans wanted this repeal. I am proud to have voted down this discriminatory policy last December, and I am proud to see this day come to fruition.
"America is the greatest nation on earth because of the dedication and sacrifice shown by our armed services, the resilient belief that all men and women are created equal, and the values we hold dear. This day serves as an assurance that we are inching closer to a stronger, more equal union.
"I commend the hard work done by the LGBT community, my fellow members of Congress, and others who helped repeal this unfair policy, but we must realize that our work is not done. Let us celebrate this momentous accomplishment and use it as a springboard to continue working for equality for all Americans."
Representative Judy Chu is a longtime supporter of equal rights for every American and was awarded a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign for her work in the 111th Congress. She was elected in July 2009 to the U.S. House of Representatives as the Representative of California's 32nd District, which includes East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. She is a member of the House Judiciary and Small Business Committees.