“It’s past time to end the failed policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” There are nearly eighty thousand gay or lesbian veterans who live in Florida; brave men and women who served honorably, but also in fear. They deserved better, and today’s service members deserve better. I urge our leaders in Washington, D.C. to move quickly in repealing this terribly ineffective law,” said Representative Kriseman, who serves as a policy advisor to the House Democratic Caucus.
“Rick Kriseman joins our military’s top leaders in recognizing that firing qualified service members based on anti-gay prejudice is both un-American and hurts out military’s readiness. Those who choose to serve their country deserve respect, not discrimination,” said Nadine Smith, executive director of Equality Florida.
“My wife and I have two children. We want them to grow up in a safe world. I wish this for all Floridians. There’s no doubt that this policy makes us less safe and compromises the readiness and expertise of our great military,” said Representative Kriseman.
HM 1459 is the only such bill filed in the Florida Legislature this session. It now awaits a committee reference and hearing.