|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|CONTACT: PRESS SECRETARY
|(Washington, DC) – Log Cabin Republicans are pleased Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has moved up the release date of the Pentagon Comprehensive Review on the Implementation of repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ The report will now be made available on November 30th.
“As President Obama and the Democratic leadership try to cram more and more into a tight lame duck legislative calendar, every day the Senate has to consider this report is critical to efforts to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,'” said R. Clarke Cooper, Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director. “Log Cabin Republicans firmly supported the study process, and we are grateful for the efforts of the Comprehensive Working Group to deliver the report ahead of schedule. With Defense leaders including Secretary Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen calling for repeal, and the Pentagon having made early completion of this report a priority, it is incumbent upon the Senate to overcome any recalcitrance and end this failed and unconstitutional policy as soon as possible.”
Log Cabin Republicans have 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 court. The case went to trial in July of 2010, and Judge Virginia Phillips ruled onSeptember 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.