News release from Servicemembers Legal Defense Network:
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Executive Director, Army Veteran Aubrey Sarvis, issued the following statement regarding the selection of Air Force Col. Ginger Wallace of McLean, VA, to be seated with First Lady Michelle Obama when President Obama delivers his third State of the Union address tonight:
"This is a clear victory in the fight to achieve full equality for service members. In his 2010 State of the Union, President Obama committed to repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and indeed, it would not have been possible without his determination to do so. Even as we celebrate this milestone tonight, let us not forget that our work is far from done. While gay and lesbian service members may now serve openly if they choose, they are still not serving equally. They are without the same protections from harassment and discrimination that are afforded others, and legally married gay and lesbian service members do not receive the same recognition, support, and benefits for their families as their straight married counterparts. We must keep fighting until the mission is complete."