ADL Welcomes Halting of Military's 'Don't Ask' Policy

New York, NY, October 13, 2010 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today hailed a federal court decision enjoining enforcement of the United States military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. 

ADL issued the following statement:

The decision to ban enforcement of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is a welcome rejection of an unjust, ineffective and discriminatory policy that prevents talented Americans from serving in our armed forces solely on the basis of their sexual orientation. 

ADL firmly believes that hiring and firing decisions should be based on merit and performance -- not on personal characteristics.  No one should be dismissed from a job because of real or perceived sexual orientation. 

Now that its enforcement has been enjoined, it is our hope that Congress will take the logical next step and repeal this unjust policy.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.