Thanks to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network for inviting ThinkProgress to report live from its Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Day Celebration.
Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO) joined in last night’s celebration of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repeal, calling it a “monumental day in our country’s history” and a matter of “fundamental fairness.” He expressed his eagerness to get back to work fighting for LGBT equality and encouraged the LGBT community to keep standing up and advocating, because “the American people get it.”
Udall also commented on the anti-gay rhetoric prevalent in the Republican presidential primary, suggesting it has a negative effect on youth. But, he said, “it’s going to get better” and they will be “proven wrong”:
UDALL: It can’t but have an effect, but look, it’s going to get better. We’ve got campaigns across the board making the case that every American deserves to have the promise of the Declaration of Independence made real. We’re created equal. We have an equal opportunity — equal rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Republican party candidates are going to be proven wrong, I think not only in the long run, but also in the short run, because these are backwards policies. These are policies that don’t fit in the 21st Century. It’s disturbing, but again, the voters are going to weigh in and they’re going to weigh in for a progressive 21st Century approach to sexual orientation. […]
If Americans of all backgrounds, all regions speak up and draw attention to those discriminatory thoughts and policies, they’re going to fall through their own weight. They’re not going to last. They never do.