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SLDN STATEMENT: Hunter Announces Attempt to Delay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Process

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 9, 2011

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Hunter Announces Attempt to Delay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Process
SLDN’s Aubrey Sarvis: “It’s time for these opponents of repeal to move on.”

(Washington, D.C.) -- Today, Army Veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis released the following statement regarding announced plans by Rep. Duncan Hunter (CA-52) to attempt to delay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repeal via the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA):

“Make no mistake. The expected Duncan Hunter amendment is designed to slow down repeal. It serves no constructive purpose, as the service chiefs themselves recently testified they are already very much a part of the certification process with Chairman Mullen and Secretary Gates and see no need for the amendment Mr. Hunter is offering.

“Put quite simply, it’s time for these opponents of repeal to move on. The Congress, the President, our nation’s senior military leaders, and the American people have spoken on this issue.”

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STILL AT RISK: Despite the President signing the bill authorizing repeal of DADT, it is still unsafe for service members to come out until 60 days after certification by President Obama, Secretary Gates, and Admiral Mullen. Warning to service members: www.SLDN.org/StillAtRisk

SLDN FREE HOTLINE: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members with questions are urged to contact the SLDN hotline to speak with a staff attorney: 202-328-3244 x100.

ABOUT SLDN: Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) was established in 1993 when “Don’t Ask” originally passed. In addition to working on repeal, SLDN offers free, confidential legal services to those impacted by the discriminatory law. Last year the organization received its 10,000th call for assistance to its legal hotline.

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