July 8, 2011

Palm Center Statement On DoD Suspension Of DADT Discharges

LOS ANGELES – In response to today’s Army Times announcement that the Pentagon has suspended discharges under “don’t ask, don’t tell”, the following can be attributed to Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin:

“The Pentagon is lawfully and properly responding to a federal court’s ruling, and today’s news may bring some relief to gay and lesbian service members who continue to fear that they could be fired for who they are. ¬†The last year has been an unnecessary and unhelpful roller coaster ride for the military and for gay troops and I do not believe that it is an overstatement to posit that with the exception of a tiny fringe, almost all Americans will welcome the permanent repeal of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ when it comes.”