Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Reply From Senator DeMint

Dear Ms. Aldrich,
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy for homosexuals serving in the armed forces.  I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
As you may know, this policy was originated in 1993 by President Clinton and maintained throughout President George W. Bush's time in office.
While I admire the courage of every American who wishes to serve our country in the armed forces, I am concerned about the unintended consequences that may result from repealing the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.  The United States possesses the finest fighting force in the world and any proposed changes that may impact its ability to protect and defend America must not be taken lightly.  It is essential for American military commanders to agree on a policy that works, and I believe "don't ask, don't tell" has sufficiently met the military's needs
Rest assured, this issue is very important to me, and I will work to ensure that our men and women in uniform are given the undying support they need to be successful.
Thank you again for sharing your thoughts with me.  Although we do not see eye-to-eye on this issue, I hope you will feel free to contact me in the future about anything important to you or your family.  It is an honor to serve you and the people of South Carolina.


Jim DeMint
United States Senator

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