President's statement on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' report
November 30th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

President's statement on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' report

Statement from the President as released by the White House

As Commander in Chief, I have pledged to repeal the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law because it weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness and equality by preventing patriotic Americans who are gay from serving openly in our armed forces. At the same time, as Commander in Chief, I am committed to ensuring that we understand the implications of this transition, and maintain good order and discipline within our military ranks. That is why I directed the Department of Defense earlier this year to begin preparing for a transition to a new policy.

Today’s report confirms that a strong majority of our military men and women and their families—more than two thirds—are prepared to serve alongside Americans who are openly gay and lesbian. This report also confirms that, by every measure—from unit cohesion to recruitment and retention to family readiness—we can transition to a new policy in a responsible manner that ensures our military strength and national security. And for the first time since this law was enacted 17 years ago today, both the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have publicly endorsed ending this policy.

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.


soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. fredy3k

    You guys used this photo on Nov. 25th - President Obama's faithy Thanksgiving proclamation.

    November 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  2. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    OK, PRESIDENT OBAMA did pledge to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell', but I think that McCAIN and the other naysayers are standing against it for no other reason but to block it so that it wouldn't put another 'feather in the cap' of the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. It would actually go down as a win or a plus under this administration; and they don't want that! They only want him credited with failures, mistakes, and mis-steps; whether they be REAL or perceptively blown-up, by the media, to the masses as a negative!

    November 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  3. Marco Luxe

    Real Americans want what's best for this country. Current Republican politicians seem to want only what's best for their political aspirations. How far they have fallen since Lincoln, our first Republican president.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:39 am |