WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA) issues the following statement upon today's vote for cloture in the Senate to advance the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" as U.S. armed forces policy:
"Today is a great day for the United States of America. We are literally today, more than ever, the land of the free and the home of the brave. The Senate's vote to advance the repeal of the 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' policy for serving in our armed forces is long overdue. It is a triumph not just for gay men, lesbians and members of the LGBT community but for all Americans who love liberty, freedom and inclusion. All Americans, not just those of heterosexual orientation, will now be welcome in our armed forces to serve openly and patriotically.
"I want to commend, especially, my Pennsylvania colleague Congressman Patrick Murphy, the lead sponsor in the House for repeal of DADT, who has demonstrated extraordinary courage and leadership in this effort. Today, thanks to Congressman Murphy, a strong majority in the Senate, and the tireless efforts of so many Americans for so many years, we are on the path to a stronger military that represents, and includes, all members of our society."
"It is unfortunate, however, that the Senate missed, by just a few votes, an opportunity to advance the DREAM Act, another step toward full inclusion in our society, which I have long supported and for which I will continue to advocate in Congress."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah