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(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, a move that allowed the Armed Forces to accept openly gay and lesbian servicemembers.

“I was proud to vote to repeal this law that did a tremendous disservice to so many men and women who wanted nothing more than to defend their country and the freedoms America stands for.  While today is a day of celebration, as Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, I remain committed to ensuring the Department of Veterans Affairs is a welcoming environment for LGBT veterans and their families, and that all servicemembers—regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity—receive quality health care and services.