September 20, 2011
Congresswoman Susan Davis Statement on the End of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) released the following statement on the end of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which occurs today. As Chairwoman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, Davis played a key role in enacting the legislation that lifted the ban on gays and lesbian serving openly. She held the first congressional hearing on the policy 15 years after its inception and held many subsequent hearings. Davis was an original cosponsor of the bill to repeal the policy.
“The official end of the discriminatory policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" also comes with it an end to a fundamental inequality toward gays and lesbians.
“While I was proud to play a key role in overturning this policy of discrimination, it was the LBGT community that did the heavy lifting by keeping the issue in the spotlight and never giving up.
“The end of this policy closes a chapter of discrimination against gays and lesbians, but it does not end the work of engendering equality in other areas.”