(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement following the release of the military’s report on the potential effects of a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy change.

“This report gives us just one more reason among many to finally repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ We have heard the stories of the lives this policy has ruined, we have heard from top-ranking military officials that it simply doesn’t work, and now we have heard from servicemembers that they too want it to change.

“For far too long, too many with the courage and commitment to serve our nation have been asked to hide the truth about who they are as individuals. It’s a policy that has failed in its intended goals and done a tremendous disservice to men and women who want nothing more than to defend their country and the freedoms America stands for. 

“I am glad that the military has released this report. And I urge my colleagues in the Senate to stand with me as we continue to work to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”