Thursday, August 14, 2008
Democratic Party puts repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in preliminary platform
SLDN (Servicemembers Legal Defense Network) informed the public in an email today (Aug. 14) that the Democratic Platform Committee officially adopted a policy objective of repealing the military “don’t ask don’t tell” policy regarding gays in the military. This agreement was reached Saturday Aug. 10.
The statement is as follows:
"We will also put national security above divisive politics... At a time when the military is having a tough time recruiting and retaining troops, it is wrong to deny our country the service of brave, qualified people. We support the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" and the implementation of policies to allow qualified men and women to serve openly regardless of sexual orientation."
The policy statement will be submitted to the entire Democratic Convention.
The website for the Democratic Convention to start in Denver Aug. 25 is here.