Washington, DC – Following a letter from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, telling Congress today to wait to repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand issued the following statement:
“I respectfully disagree with Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen. Congress should not sit on their hands.
“Now is the time for Congress to show strong leadership and repeal this disastrous policy. ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is wrong for our national security and inconsistent with the moral foundation upon which our country was founded.
“When we repeal this policy – and we will repeal this policy – we will strengthen America – both militarily and morally.”