Gay-rights groups react to President Obama’s State of the Union address regarding ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Posted on: January 26th, 2011

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By: Steve Rothaus

Published on January 26, 2011

From President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

Our troops come from every corner of this country -– they’re black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American.  They are Christian and Hindu, Jewish and Muslim.  And, yes, we know that some of them are gay.  Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love.  (Applause.)  And with that change, I call on all our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and ROTC.  It is time to leave behind the divisive battles of the past.  It is time to move forward as one nation.  (Applause.)

Here’s reaction from several leading gay-rights groups:

“Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is pleased the President expects that gays and lesbians will be able to serve their country openly this year. In fact, we think there should be certification from the President, Secretary Robert Gates and JCS Chairman Michael Mullen in this quarter.  We need to make ‘Don’t Ask’ repeal a reality sooner rather than later. It is also encouraging to see that the President and First Lady recognize that LGBT troops are very much part of the fabric of our military families. However, we need to bring more visibility and awareness to that reality too,” said Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN).