President Biden on Monday commemoration “A great injustice was resolved” on the occasion, marking the 10th anniversary of the repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” rule.
why it matters: The policy prohibited serving openly gay, lesbian and bisexual people. Its repeal moved America “closer to its fundamental promise of equality, dignity and opportunity for all,” Biden said.
- This rule was implemented in 1993. According to a White House statement, this resulted in some 14,000 service members receiving discharges “other than the Honorable”, preventing them from receiving significant benefits and services for veterans.
Biden called on Congress to honor the sacrifices of LGBTQ service members and veterans by passing the Equality Act, which would expand federal protections for LGBTQ people.
what is he saying: “Ten years ago today, a great injustice was resolved and a tremendous burden was finally removed from the shoulders of thousands of dedicated American service members,” Biden said.
- The repeal “shows once again that America is at its best when we lead not by our example, but by the power of our example,” he said.
- “We must honor their sacrifices by continuing to fight for complete equality for LGBTQ+ people, including ultimately passing the Equality Act and living up to our highest values of justice and equality for all.”
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said Statement Monday’s striving for inclusivity also strengthens national defense.
- “By emphasizing standards of competence and allowing all qualified people to serve in uniform, we leverage more talent, better leaders and innovative solutions to the security challenges facing us around the world.”