11/11/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representative Jared Polis have both issued their reactions to the decision by the Supreme Court not to overturn the stay on Judge Virginia Phillips’ injunction against enforcement of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Senator Gillibrand, who has been a strong advocate of LGBT issues, is traveling in Afghanistan and Pakistan ahead of the Lame Duck session. She stated via a press release sent to LGR:
“While this is a disappointing decision, it demonstrates the need for Congress to take action now. The ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy undermines our national security, the integrity of our armed services, and the moral foundation upon which this country was founded. We must put our national security first and repeal this corrosive policy now.”
Jared Polis is the first openly gay man to be elected to Congress, but (unlike what Fox maintains) not the first openly gay person to be elected to Congress. He was preceded by his colleague Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin by a decade. Polis stated via a press release sent to Fox News:
“Don’t ask Don’t tell is going to end, either judicially or legislatively, and it is better if we do it legislatively so that the military is part of the planning process.
The sooner that we can accomplish ending the policy, the better. The uncertainty around the policy is making it increasingly difficult for gays and lesbians in the military. Their heads are spinning about whether others finding out about their personal lives outside of work hours is grounds for dismissal or not.
While I’m disappointed with the Supreme Court’s decision today, the silver lining is that it gives Congress another chance to change the policy in an orderly way that incorporates the concerns of the military.”