Representative Jim Moran has asked the military for a monthly report on “don't ask, don't tell” discharges. His office released January figures today.

In a press release, Moran said the Army discharged eleven gay soldiers under the 16-year-old law that bans gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military in January.

“At a time when our military's readiness is strained to the breaking point from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the armed forces continue to discharge vital service members under the outdated, outmoded 'don't ask, don't tell' policy,” the Virginia Democrat said. “Our allies have overcome this issue, facing no adverse consequences from lifting bans focused on soldiers' sexual orientation.”

“Polls show the American people overwhelmingly support repealing this policy. Yet, how many more good soldiers are we willing to lose due to a bad policy that makes us less safe and secure?” he added.

In January, among the fired were one human intelligence collector, one military police officer, four infantry personnel, one health care specialist, one motor transport operator and one water treatment specialist, Moran said.

“Don't ask, don't tell” was implemented by Congress in 1993 and signed by President Bill Clinton. The law prescribes discharge as the remedy for gay service members who do not remain quiet about their sexuality or do not remain celibate.

California Representative Ellen Tauscher recently introduced legislation in Congress that would end the law. The next day, White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor said the president has “begun consulting with Secretary Gates and Chairman Mullen so that this change is done in a sensible way that strengthens our armed forces and national security.”

Moran, a long-time opponent of the military gay ban and a member of the Military Appropriations subcommittee, is a co-sponsor of Tauscher's Military Readiness Enhancement Act (HR1283).