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LBJ School Dean Joins Public Policy Colleagues in Show of Support for Repeal of U.S. Military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Policy

Signatories also include: John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota; Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California-Berkeley; Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan; La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University; and Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs Syracuse University 


AUSTIN, Texas-- May 26, 2010-- With Congress set to vote as early as this week on a proposal to repeal the rule barring gays from serving openly in the U.S. military, deans representing nine top-tier public policy schools, including LBJ School of Public Affairs Dean Robert Hutchings, are demonstrating a strong show of support of the recommendations of the President, the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many other current and former military leaders, calling for repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy of the United States military forces.

In a hand-delivered letter to members of both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate Armed Services Committees, signatories emphasize the historical significance of policy changes in this country, albeit not always easy and without controversy. 

"We realize that the repeal is controversial in some quarters.  So too were policies that overcame barriers created by race or religion or gender.  Such changes are never easy, and opponents always offer some compelling concerns.  But in every case, the nation came to realize that young people who are willing to die in defense of liberty deserve our admiration and support and the respect of being treated equally."

Download a complete text of the letter (PDF).