Washington, D.C. — Nevada Senator Harry Reid issued the following statement today after Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta certified that the military is ready to implement the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell:
“I congratulate Secretary Panetta and the leadership of our nation’s Armed Forces for ending a policy that prevented thousands of outstanding, qualified men and women from serving in our military just because of their sexual orientation. Our military should reflect our values as a nation, and this is an important step towards that goal.
“I applaud the Pentagon’s leadership for taking a detailed and responsible look at how to implement the repeal of this policy that unnecessarily destroyed careers and harmed our military readiness. I look forward to continue working with them to ensure that personnel policies in the post-repeal era address the needs of all of our service members. From now on, our military commanders and our nation can be sure we will have the best and brightest service members defending our nation, regardless of ethnicity, creed, or sexual orientation. This is a great victory for justice, civil rights and our national security.”