U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston says President Obama’s signing today of legislation repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy makes this a landmark day in the nation’s history.

U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Evanston says President Obama’s signing today of legislation repealing the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy makes this a landmark day in the nation’s history.

Schakowsky, in a statement, said the “misguided” policy has “prevented highly-skilled, patriotic American men and women from serving their country simply because of their sexual orientation.”

Schakowsky, a founding member and Vice-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, said she cosponsored the bill “because the policy was wrong 17 years ago when it was put in place and it is wrong today.”

She said the new law makes America “a more just country” and noted that over 13,000 men and women were discharged from the military under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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