STATE — Ed Potosnak, Democratic nominee for New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, is disappointed that members of the United States Senate thwarted repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.”
The policy requires lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender service members to conceal their sexuality in order to remain in the military. Earlier this year, the House voted to end the policy and allow LGBT members of the military to serve openly.
“It is a disgrace that men and women in our military have to lie about who they are in order to serve their country. ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ is a policy that institutionalizes discrimination and encourages homophobia,” said Potosnak.
“We need to honor the service of LGBT members of the military by allowing them to serve openly and honestly. Those who risk their lives in defense of our country should not be forced to live a lie.”
“In a transparent attempt to save their own jobs, career politicians voted today to continue ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ rather than do the right thing. My opponent, Congressman Leonard Lance, opposed the House legislation to repeal ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’. The Senators who voted to continue this shameful policy are cowards. When I am a Member of Congress, I will fight hard to rid our country of discriminatory laws that hamper the ability of any individual to participate fully in society and serve our country.”
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