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|(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans joins Americans nationwide in expressing gratitude to the men and women who are serving and have served in the armed forces. Log Cabin Republicans is proud to count many veterans among its members, including Executive Director R. Clarke Cooper.“Today is a day to honor all of our nation’s veterans and military servicemembers,” said R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of the Log Cabin Republicans. “It is fitting that as Americans take time to recognize the valor and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform that the results of the Pentagon study of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ are coming to light, revealing what military experts have known for decades – that open service by gay and lesbian patriots will not harm military readiness, unit cohesion, or morale.
As a combat veteran and current reserve officer, it is no surprise to me that over 70 percent of those surveyed said the effect of repeal would be positive, mixed or nonexistent. When enforcement of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was halted in October, I was on Army reserve duty at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. The overwhelming reaction among my fellow soldiers was acceptance. Many thought the suspension of the policy was ‘no big deal’ and in one case thought repeal had already taken place.
I have faith the Department of Defense comprehensive review on the implementation of repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ will provide the necessary foundation for Congress to finally enact open service in United States Armed Forces. It is my hope that next Veterans’ Day, all servicemembers will be able to serve both honorably and honestly, regardless of sexual orientation.”
Log Cabin Republicans has pursued a three-front strategy against ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ lobbying for repeal in Congress, consulting with the Department of Defense, and filing suit in federal district court. The case went to trial in July of 2010, and Judge Virginia Phillips ruled on September 9, 2010 that the policy violated the First and Fifth Amendments of the Constitution.
Log Cabin Republicans is the only Republican organization dedicated to representing the interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans and their allies. The more than 30-year old organization has state and local chapters nationwide, a full-time office in Washington, DC, a federal political action committee and state political action committees.