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Congressional Support For Repeal Of Gay Military Ban At All-Time High

(Washington) Five additional lawmakers, including the highest ranking military veteran in Congress, have joined 126 other lawmakers in supporting legislation to repeal the military’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" ban on LGBT service personnel.

That brings the total number of supporters of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act to 131. It is the highest number of members of Congress to support repeal since the effect began.

The latest members to sign on are Reps. Michael A. Arcuri (D-NY), Brian Baird (D-WA), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Joe Sestak (D-PA) and Brad Sherman (D-CA).

Sestak is Congress’s highest-ranking veteran, having served 31 years in the United States Navy and retiring as a 3-star Admiral.

"Congress is steadily moving toward lifting the ban and welcoming lesbian and gay Americans who want to serve our country,” said Sharra E. Greer, director of law and policy for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) in a statement on Monday.

"Americans overwhelmingly support repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and value the contributions that gay troops bring to our armed forces. When it comes to capturing terrorists, deciphering intelligence and protecting our nation, sexual orientation is irrelevant. It is talent and skill that is paramount to our success at home and abroad."
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