Stay the Course on Repealing DADT in Defense Authorization Bill

by HRC Staff

Washington - Today, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) was quoted as indicating that the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which includes the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) could move forward without repeal language. Chairman Levin was one of the principal architects of the strategy that incorporated the DADT repeal amendment into the underlying NDAA bill. With limited time left in the lame duck session, there is enormous pressure on senators to pass NDAA.

"This is no time to lose our resolve. Chairman Levin has been our advocate and we have every reason to believe that he will continue to push to end this unjust and discriminatory law," said Joe Solmonese, president of HRC. "DADT came into being by way of the NDAA and it should be removed by the NDAA. This can and must get done."

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