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December 22, 2010

December 18 was an historic day: The Senate finally followed the House to repeal the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. On this vote, Congress lived up to the values that lesbian, gay and bisexual servicemembers swore to defend.

The fight against discrimination in the military has been long — longer, by far, than the 17-year-old DADT law. Lambda Legal began to fight back with a lawsuit in 1975 and over the years, we have been proud to represent many members of the military including Margarethe Cammermeyer, Joseph Steffan, Dusty Pruitt and Copy Berg. This year, we filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a legal challenge brought by Log Cabin Republicans, arguing that the impact of DADT extends far beyond those in uniform, to include lesbian, gay and bisexual adults and youth who must contend with the consequences of the discriminatory messages perpetuated by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Read Executive Director Kevin Cathcart's complete blog entry on The Huffington Post.