(BOSTON) The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), has issued the following statement addressing the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT):
The official end today of our armed services' "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy is an important milestone in the long struggle for civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Finally, our gay and lesbian friends, family, and loved ones are granted the basic right to serve in our country's military with dignity and integrity. We are heartened by the Obama Administration's sound—though long overdue—decision to reject the institutionalized bigotry enshrined in DADT.
I wish to thank all those dedicated Unitarian Universalists who, for 17 years, have raised their voices against DADT. While we have moved closer to justice, let us also remember that the fight is not over. Our LGBT brothers and sisters still face discrimination, in and out of the armed forces. As people of faith, we will continue to challenge this discrimination and bigotry wherever we find it.
Let us take a moment to celebrate this victory. And let us continue to stand on the side of love in support of those who serve.
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Daisy Kincaid, Public Relations Director
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