Letter to Senators Encouraging Support for Repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell

October 28, 2010

Dear Senator:

On behalf of the 150,000 members and affiliates of the American Psychological Association (APA), I am writing to ask you to support language within the Defense Authorization bill to repeal the Defense Department policy concerning homosexuality (10 U.S.C. § 654), also referred to as the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. As the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States, APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health, education, and human welfare. 

APA has a long-standing involvement with the U.S. military in support of efforts to promote national security and the well-being of service members and their families. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members and their families positively contribute to U.S. military efforts around the world at a time when our armed forces are engaged in various conflicts.

We strongly oppose the current policy on sexual orientation and military service and call for its repeal. This stance reflects the APA Policy Statement on Sexual Orientation and Military Service, adopted by the APA Council of Representatives in July 2004. This policy reaffirms our association’s opposition to discrimination based on sexual orientation and our conclusion that there is no scientific justification for the policy and considerable evidence to suggest that morale and readiness would remain strong.

We urge the Senate to act quickly to end the restrictions on lesbian, gay, and bisexual people serving openly in the military. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Stefanie Reeves, MA, in our Public Interest Government Relations Office, at (202) 336-6061.

Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Public Interest Directorate