LOS ANGELES — The following statement can be attributed to Palm Center Director Aaron Belkin:
“Today’s full certification of the repeal of ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ by President Obama, Secretary Panetta and Chairman Mullen gives us a concrete date – September 20, 2011 – that will go down in history as the day when gay and lesbian service members end their silence and step forward to serve this country openly and with pride. On September 20, 2011 we will be a better nation, a stronger nation and a nation that is now in step with its allies in allowing open service by gay and lesbian troops. The President really delivered on his promise.”
The full certification letter can be found here.