Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA) commends President Barack Obama and the United States Congress – Democrats, Republicans, and independents alike – for repealing the unjust policy against lesbians and gays serving openly in the military. Today, the United States discriminates a little less. As we work toward the day when we do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, we pause at each step to recognize the leaders who advance this cause. We commend all who seek to align our laws and practices with the values of our great nation – freedom, justice, peace, and equal opportunity for all. As President Obama said today, “For we are not a nation that says, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We are a nation that says, ‘Out of many, we are one.’”
Read President Obama's speech at the signing ceremony. Video is also available. Read Secretary Clinton's statement on the repeal.