Monday, May 24, 2010

DADT Repeal is Possible if You Stand Up and Demand Equality!


The race to repeal DADT (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell) the unfair and now highly unpopular law that bars openly gay and lesbians from serving in the military is on.

Today Congress and proponents gathered to have two back to back meetings on repealing DADT. Among those were the main players : Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-MI, Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-CT, and Iraq war veteran and Cong. Patrick Murphy, D-PA and HRC (the human Rights Campaign).

The measure would be debated later this week, even though the committee is divided 14 -12 with Democrats holding the lead. The vote is expected to be close, with those like Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts , who recently won the seat of “The lion of Congress”(Ted Kennedy) still undecided.. There are 5 others such as Republican Senator John McCain, from the state of Arizona, which has had its own uproar lately over the widely unpopular immigration law SB 1070 which seeks to bring back a Jim Crow style of law.

The Senate Armed Services Committee is expected to cast a vote hopefully by the end of this week on the amendment to the defense-spending bill that is held annually and would end "don't ask, don't tell," which Congress passed in 1993.

The House is expected to vote on a similar measure this week, based on a repeal proposal sponsored by Rep. Patrick Murphy, who is a Democrat from Pennsylvania, as well as an Iraqi war veteran.

Speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi, who is in favor of the repeal of DADT, and has had many LGBT activist, including “Get Equal” and LT. Dan Choi publicly fight for the repeal recently stated:

Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell, I feel quite certain, will be a memory come Christmas.

Its nice to hear that DADT will be a “memory” by Christmas. But we have to make sure that it is repealed now. We cannot wait to be blind sided yet again. The time to repeal DADT is now while we have the votes, the momentum and the will to fight for it! We have waited long enough, let them repeal it now and follow through with its implementation later. We cannot let congress, or anyone else tell us we have to wait yet again for more studies and stalling tactics. The pressure I on...and so is the voting power of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender citizens who either have fought for this country or loved those who have fought. Enough is enough.

There has never been a better or a more crucial time to work for the repeal of DADT. So please call your Senators today. It only takes a few moments. You can contact your senators bu going to this link: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Don’t ask don’t tell? Don’t repeal don’t vote!

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