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House Vote to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" A Welcome Step


Pelavin: "We appreciate the efforts of those members of Congress who are working diligently to ensure that this congressional session does not conclude without an end to this unfortunate chapter of military policy."

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 15, 2010 -- In response to today's House vote advancing the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Mark Pelavin, Associate Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, issued the following statement:

After 17 years of the misguided "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and multiple successful votes to repeal it, we again welcome the House's clear repudiation of DADT. We appreciate the efforts of those members of Congress who are working diligently to ensure that this congressional session does not conclude without an end to this unfortunate chapter of military policy.

Now, again and urgently, we call on Senators to join their House colleagues and repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Doing so will reflect the wishes of the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs and ensure that our military lives up to the standards and values of liberty our service members bravely defend.

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The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is the Washington office of the Union for Reform Judaism, whose more than 900 congregations across North America encompass 1.5 million Reform Jews, and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, whose membership includes more than 1,800 Reform rabbis. Visit www.rac.org for more.



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