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Statement by Congressman Higgins on the End to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

7/22/2011- “With today’s certification of the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” we lift an unfair weight from the shoulders of our brave and selfless military men and women and enter a new era of respect and equal justice in America.

“For too long we have asked our military to step into the depths of danger in countries around the world but as a nation failed to protect them from our own prejudicial policies.   Under this flawed rule we have lost over 14,000 of our best trained forces and spent millions of dollars in a backward effort that purges the valuable servicemembers we greatly need.

"Under this repeal, which I was proud to support, we tell our government “Don’t Judge" and our military "Don’t hide.” Today we lead by example, demonstrating to the world that the United States stands by our principles of equality and freedom for all.”