Washington, D.C. – Interfaith Alliance President Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy released the following statement in response to the official end of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Today is a great day for our nation. At long last, any American citizen who wants to serve his or her country can do so openly, and with integrity. Hiding one’s identity is now a thing of the past in the armed services. Never again will sexual orientation be the basis for denying someone the ability to serve in the military of this nation. By repealing ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ we have taken one giant step closer to full equality for all Americans, a goal essential in the founding vision of our Constitution.

Interfaith Alliance is a network of people of diverse faiths and beliefs from across the country working together to build a resilient democracy and fulfill America’s promise of religious freedom and civil rights not just for some, but for all. We mobilize powerful coalitions to challenge Christian nationalism and religious extremism, while fostering a better understanding of the healthy boundaries between religion and government. We advocate at all levels of government for an equitable and just America where the freedoms of belief and religious practice are protected, and where all persons are treated with dignity and have the opportunity to thrive. For more information visit interfaithalliance.org.