Log Cabin Republicans (LCR) released the following statement:

The Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy, implemented in 1994, has cast a long shadow over the legacy of countless courageous individuals who served our nation. For seventeen years, these valiant men and women faced unjust discharge from the military solely due to their sexual orientation, robbing them of benefits and the recognition they deserved for their commitment, sacrifice, and love for their country.

Today, a significant milestone in rectifying these injustices has been reached with the introduction of the Recover Pride in Service Act by Congresswoman Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-OR). This pivotal legislation not only acknowledges the grave errors of the past but also establishes a crucial precedent for how we honor and support those who have been wrongfully discharged from the U.S. Armed Forces.

LCR President Charles Moran stated, “Congresswoman Chavez-DeRemer and the cosponsors of this bill are champions for our veterans and fighters against government bureaucracy by leading the charge on this important issue. Log Cabin Republicans is proud to stand in strong support of this bill, and we urge all Members of Congress to do the same. It is our utmost responsibility to ensure that our veterans are treated with respect and dignity. We must do right by those who have served, and this bill is a significant step toward achieving that goal.”

Congresswoman Chavez-DeRemer added, “I appreciate all of the work Log Cabin Republicans has put into fighting for our veterans and correcting past discrimination. 13 years have gone by since Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell was repealed, yet some veterans continue suffering the consequences of this policy. It’s past time for Congress to act and make this right, and that’s why I’m honored to partner with Log Cabin Republicans to introduce the Recover Pride in Service Act. I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to get this overdue fix signed into law.”

Log Cabin Republicans has a significant history of engaging on this critical issue. It was the only national gay rights organization to achieve a victory in federal court, with a landmark victory in the case of Log Cabin Republicans v. United States (2010). Furthermore, Log Cabin Republicans’ lobbying efforts were pivotal in the eventual repeal of DADT in Congress in 2011.