Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) will introduce a bill next week to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” adding a respected independent voice to the movement to overturn the policy that prohibits gays from serving in the military.
Lieberman, who caucuses with Democrats but tends to take more conservative stands on prominent issues, plans to be a chief supporter of what could be the most socially progressive legislation to come through this Congress. The news was first reported by the New York Daily News.
“I will be proud to be a sponsor of the important effort to enable patriotic gay Americans to defend our national security and our founding values of freedom and opportunity. I have opposed the current policy of preventing gay Americans from openly serving in the military since its enactment in 1993,” Lieberman said in a statement released after his interview with the Daily News was published.
"To exclude one group of Americans from serving in the armed forces is contrary to our fundamental principles as outlined in the Declaration of Independence and weakens our defenses by denying our military the service of a large group of Americans who can help our cause."