Freedom to Marry Applauds Repeal of Military Discrimination Against Gay and Lesbian Servicemembers


Press Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Manager, Freedom to Marry

(New York, NY, December 18, 2010) Statement from Freedom to Marry’s Political Director, Sean Eldridge, on today’s Senate vote to repeal military discrimination against gay and lesbian service members:

“Freedom to Marry applauds today’s vote to repeal military discrimination against gay and lesbian Americans defending our country.  Military service, like marriage, has long been considered a defining element of citizenship and full participation in society.  And military discrimination, like exclusion from marriage, is one of the cruelest inequalities inflicted on gay Americans by their own government.  

“Our elected representatives have begun catching up with the American people, who oppose discrimination of any kind against gay and lesbian Americans.  In love and war, the government should honor the commitment of gay Americans.  We urge the President and Congress to turn their attention to repealing federal marriage discrimination inflicted by the so-called 'Defense of Marriage Act'.” 

Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.