July 22, 2011, Manchester, New Hampshire - Republican Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson today released a statement on the Pentagon’s certification of the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the U.S. military announcement of their preparedness to accept openly gay and lesbian service members, and that doing so will not harm military readiness.

“The Pentagon’s certification for the implementation of the repeal of DADT is good news –– but long overdue," Johnson said. "It should not have taken endless study and hand wringing for the United States to join many other nations in recognizing that our military need not discriminate against openly gay service men and women.”

"DADT is just one more example of the federal government trying to dictate the private lives of free people.  It's repeal is progress, but we have much more to do to get the government out of the business of discriminating on the basis of personal choices and lifestyles."

"As I have stated before if the Republican Party is going to capture the White House in 2012 we need to be the party that promotes freedom from government intervention into our personal lives.  Those who continue to promote discrimination and bigotry within the Republican Party in an attempt to pander to social conservatives will cost us the general election. Not only should Republicans be the party of efficient management of the pocket book, but we need to be the party of personal liberty and personal freedom."

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About Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson:  Gary Johnson, a Republican and two-term Governor of New Mexico from 1994-2002, has been a consistent and outspoken advocate for efficient government and lowering taxes. During his time as Governor he vetoed 750 bills and cut the rate of state government in half.