Udall on DADT: Let the 60 day countdown begin
July 22, 2011 | 1:49 pm
(Updated: July 22, 2011 | 1:51 pm)
While the President hasn’t technically certified the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, by all accounts, its likely to happen today, or sometime over the weekend.
But that hasn’t stopped Colorado’s Sen. Mark Udall from getting out in front of the story and releasing his own statement.
Here’s what the senator had to say in a prepared statement:
“For almost two decades, we’ve had a policy that dishonored our troops and compromised our national security because it encouraged qualified service members to lie about their identity. Our men and women in uniform have been ahead of us for some time on this issue. They know that what counts in battle isn’t your sexual orientation but your courage, strength, intelligence, training and loyalty.
“I opposed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ from the beginning because it makes no sense, especially while we’re fighting two wars and engaged in conflicts around the world, to tell dedicated, qualified service members that they can’t serve. And I was proud to help lead the fight to end it. With today’s certification, the clock officially begins to tick on the end of the policy. I have faith that our military leaders will implement the repeal with respect, strengthening our military and ensuring the safety of our troops.”