Representative Rick Kriseman wants Florida on the record as calling for repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Representative Kriseman's proposal of course would be a symbolic measure for the Florida Legislature to consider.

In a press release, the St. Petersburg based representative said, "

"It's past time to end the failed policy of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". There are nearly eighty thousand gay or lesbian veterans who live in Florida. Brave men and women who served honorably, but also in fear. They deserved better, and today's service members deserve better. I urge our leaders in Washington, D.C. to move quickly in repealing this terribly ineffective law."

Chiming in supporting the proposal was the state's biggest gay rights group, Equality Florida. The Executive Director of the group, Nadine Smith, said in a press release today that, "

"Rick Kriseman joins our military's top leaders in recognizing that firing qualified service members based on anti-gay prejudice is both un-American and hurts out military's readiness.  Those who choose to serve their country deserve respect, not discrimination."

St. Petersburg State House Democrat Rick Kriseman today announced that he's filed legislation urging Congress to adopt and have the President sign into law that repeals the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that has been in effect in the U.S. military since 1993.

Last month, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, told the Senate Arms Services Committee that he personally supports ending the policy.  It was announced at that same hearing that the Department of Defense had called for a task force to "thoroughly, methodically and objectively" examine how to end the policy in a responsible fashion.

However, last week, Army Chief of Staff General George Casey had "serious concerns" about repealing the law.

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