F.C. School Board Member Submits Resolution Calling for Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

The News-Press learned tonight that Greg Rasnake, a member of the Falls Church City School Board, has submitted a resolution for consideration and action by the full School Board calling for a repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy towards lesbians and gays serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The following is the text of Rasnake’s proposed resolution, which will be considered by the School Board at its next regular meeting next Tuesday, Sept. 21:

“Be it resolved that the Falls Church City Public School Board believes that a soldier must display courage, patriotism, commitment and ability, none of which have anything to do with sexual orientation. For many young Americans, military service provides benefits including remarkable leadership training and educational benefits. Many nations, including Canada and the United Kingdom, currently allow gay, lesbian and bisexual soldiers to serve openly alongside American forces in combat. Overturning the

Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy will help ensure that gay and lesbian students interested in enlisted military service, enrolling in a ROTC program, or attending a United States Service Academy will be afforded the same opportunities as any other American who wants to serve the nation.”