ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 20, 2011) – Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and the highest-ranking elected official to have served a tour of duty in Iraq, released the following statement on today’s end of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.
“The end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is a proud moment in the history of our great nation. Finally, all those brave men and women who choose to serve their country can do so equally, openly and honestly. Thanks to the leadership of President Obama and Members of Congress, we have strengthened our Armed Forces and reaffirmed our nation’s commitment to the belief that each of us is created equal. While the fight for equality of opportunity for all continues, the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell sends a message across the globe that regardless of one’s race, ethnicity, religion or sexual orientation, America will not tolerate discrimination.”