Senator Feinstein Supports Stronger Military Via Bill to End "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Of course it's the moral thing to cease the "don't ask, don't tell" thing in the military.

Now that I'm spending time with military veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and a little with folks dealing with national security, I see how this really helps build a stronger military. 

Repealing "don't ask, don't tell" is first an expression of American values, but it also helps us get the best and brightest into the military. Competence is not a matter of gender, ethnicity, or gender preference.

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today co-sponsored legislation that would repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy banning military service by gays and lesbians and prohibit discrimination in the military based on sexual orientation.

"The time has come to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' It is the right thing to do.  Every American should have the opportunity to serve their country, regardless of race, sex, creed, or sexual orientation," Senator Feinstein said.

"The criteria for serving one's country should be competence, courage and willingness to serve.  When we deny people the chance to serve because of their sexual orientation, we deprive them of their rights of citizenship, and we deprive our armed forces the service of willing and capable Americans."