U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, the southern Minnesota DFL congressman who is the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress, spoke on the House floor in favor of repealing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” directive that keeps openly gay soldiers from serving in the military.
The House passed the repeal for a second time Wednesday, but supporters worry that there may not be enough time to get it through the Senate by the end of the year.
Minnesota Independent noted some of Walz’s words on the House floor:
“I am offended by the idea and the notion that they are not able to handle change in policy,” Walz told his House colleagues. “These men and women make up the greatest fighting force the world has ever seen. They accept and complete missions every day that require incredible discipline and bravery.”
He called for the repeal saying that DADT was harming, not helping, the military.
“This discriminatory policy is hurting our military readiness and weakening our nation, such as releasing dozens of Arabic linguists simply because they were homosexual,” he said. “Serving in the military we believe in duty, honor and country. asking these brave people to lie goes against all of our value. Our military heroes know it’s time to end this policy, the American people know it’s time to end this policy.”