July 29, 2005
Volume 33
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Chicago City Council calls for repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Chicago City Council calls for repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
Vote follows similar resolutions in New York, California

CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council this week approved a resolution calling for repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual personnel. The council unanimously approved the resolution urging Congress to pass the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill pending in Congress to repeal the military's ban and allow Lesbian and Gay Americans the opportunity to serve openly. The bill is currently supported by 90 Members of Congress, including Rep. Danny David (D-Ill.), Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) and Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.).

"More than 18,000 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender veterans live in the Chicago area," said Sharra E. Greer, director of law and policy for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). "Their community leaders are rightly honoring their service to our country despite continued discrimination at the federal level. Americans do not support the exclusion of qualified gay Americans from our armed forces. Congress should repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' once and for all."

The Chicago resolution follows similar measures adopted by the New York, West Hollywood and San Francisco city councils. Earlier this year, a statewide resolution calling for an end to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law was introduced in the California State Legislature. The Chicago resolution was introduced by Alderman Tom Tunney of the 44th Ward.

"I'm proud of Chicago's leadership in fighting anti-Gay discrimination in our armed forces and standing up for a military made stronger by the contributions of LGBT Americans," said Jean Albright, a former Master Sergeant in the Air Force and member of the SLDN board of directors. "Every Gay veteran should urge his or her local council to do the same. By speaking out in our communities, we can effect change at the national level. Every qualified, patriotic American who wants to serve our nation should be given the chance to do so."

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