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PETERS ON COURT ORDER TO HALT ‘DON'T ASK DON'T TELL' POLICY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday October 12, 2010

CONTACT: Alan Mlynek
Office: (202) 225-5802

PETERS ON COURT ORDER TO HALT ‘DON’T ASK DON’T TELL’ POLICY

(Troy, MI) – Representative Gary Peters issued the following statement in reaction to today’s decision by a U.S. District Court to halt all enforcement of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy regarding the ability of gay men and women to serve openly in the US military.

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is a discriminatory policy that has forfeited over 13,500 able-bodied men and women from our military while requiring others to hide who they are in order to serve their country,” said Rep. Peters.  “I strongly believe we must allow our military to recruit and retain any qualified, patriotic, and courageous American who wants to serve our country.

During my service in the United States Navy Reserve, I served with many brave, patriotic, and dedicated men and women who were always ready to serve their country.  I was never concerned about their sexual orientation, just their ability to serve the United States honorably.”

Peters was a leader in the fight to pass a repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy earlier this year.  A repeal passed the House but was blocked by Senate Republicans.

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