President Obama today said a new Pentagon report on the effects of repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell should impel Congress to overturn the law before the lame duck session ends this year.
The report found that, overall, some 70 percent of military personnel do not believe the change would have a negative effect on morale. But within combat units, as many as 58 percent are wary of allowing gays to openly express their sexuality.
Here’s a portion of Obama’s statement.
With our nation at war and so many Americans serving on the front lines, our troops and their families deserve the certainty that can only come when an act of Congress ends this discriminatory policy once and for all. The House of Representatives has already passed the necessary legislation. Today I call on the Senate to act as soon as possible so I can sign this repeal into law this year and ensure that Americans who are willing to risk their lives for their country are treated fairly and equally. Our troops represent the virtues of selfless sacrifice and love of country that have enabled our freedoms. I am absolutely confident that they will adapt to this change and remain the best led, best trained, best equipped fighting force the world has ever known.