REP. DAVIS VOTES TO REPEAL DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL

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December 15, 2010
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December 15, 2011

Rep. Danny K. Davis entered the following statement into the record.

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of H.R. 2965, Repealing "Don’t Ask, Don't Tell".  This bill will allow thousands of Americans who have wanted the chance to serve their country openly and freely an opportunity to do so. 

The repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is the right thing to do morally as a country.  Military personnel, who risk their lives on a daily basis so that we can enjoy all the freedoms America has to offer, should not be denied the ability to serve based upon their sexual orientation. Equality is not a privilege, it is a right and repealing this law is a huge step in that direction.

At a time when our country is fighting two wars we should support those Americans whom fight for our liberties and freedoms.  Unfortunately, DADT prevents thousands from doing so which makes no sense at all.  The Pentagon’s report from last month indicated a majority of our military soldiers and leaders support a repeal of DADT and I believe we should listen to them and honor what our country really stands for which is freedom, liberty, and justice for all.   

Thank you Madam Speaker.