By Gina Passarella
Of the Legal Staff
Former U.S. Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., made his rounds today to media outlets to discuss Tuesday's official repeal of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy regarding gays in the military.
Before losing his seat in last November's election, Murphy (pictured, left) was a driver of efforts to do away with the policy.
The media tour will culminate with an HBO documentary airing at 8 p.m. tonight in which Murphy, an Iraq war veteran, is interviewed. He said the stars of the documentary are the servicemen who describe how the country's national security was hurt by the policy's enforcement.
According to HBO's website highlighting the documentary, "The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell," more than 13,000 service members were discharged from the military in the 17 years the policy was in place.
"There's a lot of folks … that thought it was impossible[to repeal the policy] because of the power of the far right wing," Murphy said. "We proved the naysayers wrong."
But Murphy was quick to point out this is just one step toward full equality. He said there are still no protections for gays in the workplace and unequal protections when it comes to marriage. Now that he is running for Attorney General of Pennsylvania, Murphy created a website to discuss issues of having one set of rules for everyone.
Murphy said he has "absolutely" no regrets about his push to abolish Don't Ask, Don't Tell - an effort, he said, that some say may have cost him his congressional seat.