Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus Statement On the Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

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The Caucus Commends President Obama, US Senator Nelson, and US Representative Hastings; Thanks Outgoing US Representatives Boyd, Grayson and Kosmas

Fort Lauderdale, FL — Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus President Michael Albetta released the following statement after legislation repealing the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was signed by President Barack Obama today.

“On this historic day, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Floridians commend President Barack Obama and the Democratic Congress for taking us one more step forward to ensuring equal rights for all Americans. The brave men and women who protect our country can now do so with honesty and integrity, without the fear of discrimination based on their sexual orientation.”

“The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus took an active role in national efforts to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ through direct advocacy and relationship building with Democratic and Republican members of Congress. We commend President Obama, US Senator Bill Nelson and US Representative Alcee Hastings for their strong leadership in the fight for repeal and thank the rest of Florida’s Democratic Congressional Delegation.”

“The Caucus also needs to acknowledge the efforts of outgoing US Representatives Allen Boyd, Jr., Alan Grayson and Suzanne Kosmas. Each continued to support efforts to advance equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans in the 111th Congress.”

“We remain extremely disappointed in Senator George LeMieux for playing politics with the lives of our troops. LeMieux will have to explain to Floridians why he voted against a bill supported by senior military leadership and a majority of Americans. And Florida’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community will not forget.”

The Florida GLBT Democratic Caucus is an arm of the Florida Democratic Party representing the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) community with 15 chapters across the state.

Contact: Phillip Perry, 954-298-5515 or communications@floridaglbtdemocrats.org


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