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Statement by Allyson Robinson on ACLU Lawsuit Settlement

For immediate release:
Tuesday, January 8, 2013

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OutServe-SLDN Statement on ACLU Lawsuit Settlement

(WASHINGTON, DC) Army Veteran and OutServe-SLDN Executive Director Allyson Robinson today released the following statement regarding a settlement reached in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of gay and lesbian service members discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" between 2004 and 2011:

"This is a great victory for this group of brave men and women whose service to our country was cut short through no fault of their own. It's never too late to right a wrong, and we are grateful to the ACLU for bringing this case and achieving a measure of justice for these veterans. As a nation, we can never fully repay these veterans what was taken from them, but this settlement represents a an important step toward restoring dignity to their service and sacrifice."


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 OS-SLDN provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination.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


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