I'm writing as a minister and as a supporter of equal rights for all to share my support of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". This week, the Pentagon released its study of this policy and the results are clear. The study showed that open service will have little to no effect on combat readiness, unit cohesion, or troop morale. The military is ready to end this policy.
Hopefully, our leaders in the Senate will follow the example set by Defense Secretary Gates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mullen, and other top military leaders by working to real DADT before the end of the year.
In addition to this report, there have been dozens of polls that have shown that more than 70 percent of the American people support the repeal of DADT. It is now time for Congress to act!
The repeal of DADT is a matter of justice! Those who are brave enough to defend our nation should not have to hide in the closet. They all deserve to serve openly, regardless of their sexual orientation.
This is also a matter of security. We need the best and brightest to serve our nation. There have been many personnel who have been discharged who have important skills, such as Arabic linguists. We need to end this discriminatory policy now.
As a person of faith, I feel that I must stand on the side of love and speak out in favor of this repeal. I hope others will also be supportive and contact our senators and representatives to encourage their support.
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Statesboro