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OutServe-SLDN Statement on Obama NDAA Signing

For immediate release:
Thursday, January 3, 2012 

Contact: Zeke Stokes at
202-621-5406 or zeke@outserve-sldn.org

OutServe-SLDN Responds to Presidential Signing of NDAA

(WASHINGTON, DC) Army veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson issued the following statement today in response to the signing statement President Barack Obama included in his approval of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA): 

"We are pleased that the President took the opportunity in his signing statement to join those of us who have called section 533 – the so-called "conscience protections" that originated with Rep. Todd Akin – unnecessary and ill-advised. What our commanders in the field need now are implementing regulations that guarantee discrimination and harassment against gay and lesbian service members will not be permitted. OutServe-SLDN is committed to working with Department of Defense leaders – and specifically, with the Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness, a position announced today to be vacant – to ensure such regulations are put in place. President Obama can help by issuing an executive order barring all discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. As section 533 becomes law, such clear guidance from the Commander-in-Chief is now more important than ever."

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ABOUT OUTSERVE-SLDN: OutServe-SLDN is the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel with more than fifty chapters and 6000 members around the world It works to support a professional network of LGBT military personnel and create an environment of respect in the military with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is a non-partisan, non-profit, legal services and policy organization dedicated to bringing about full LGBT equality to America's military and ending all forms of discrimination and harassment of military personnel on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination. For more information, visit www.outserve-sldn.org.

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