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Gillibrand Statement On Presidential Certification Of DADT Repeal

July 22, 2011

Washington, D.C. – After President Obama today officially certified the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:

“Today is a proud day for America and our Armed Services. Thousands of our brave men and women will no longer have to lie about who they are as they serve and fight for our nation. Putting this corrosive policy behind us will strengthen America both militarily and morally.

“Just as every American deserves the right to serve their country openly, honestly, and with integrity, every American deserves the right to marry the person they love and start a family. No politician should stand in their way.

“Now is the time for Congress to take the next step toward fairness and equality in America, and end the discrimination currently enshrined in our marriage laws by passing the Respect for Marriage Act.”