Friday, May 28, 2010

Stop Conservative Lies Against DADT Repeal

The House Today approved a defense bill that would end the highly discriminatory military law known as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. The law widely known as DADT was scrutinized and put to a vote by the Senate Armed Services Committee as well The House, which voted for the amendment yesterday . The bill was passed 229-186, with 26 Democrats voting against it and only nine Republicans in favor.

Only one day after the passing of the amendment conservative groups are rallying against the inevitable undoing of the baseless law. Focus On The Family (FOF) has now changed its name to Citizen link and started a new website against the repeal. The Traditional Values Coalition, Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) as well as The American Family Association (AFA), are also making a last ditch effort to brainwash American citizens against undoing the law.

The Family Research Council has started a petition distorting once again the facts of the now almost defunct law. Joining them with scare tactics of their own is the above mentioned AFA, which is holding on to hope with a weak attempt on their site. Frank Tauro of AFA even went so far as to imply that the many decent and patriotic women who are serving America graciously and honorably are a distraction, when he stated:
Having served, I believe that the military needs as few sexual distractions as possible, be they from men and women serving together in combat or open homosexuality. The job is too difficult and critical to be complicating matters sexually.
Now is not the time to sit back and wait for DADT to be repealed. There are still steps to be taken. The Full senate is expected to cast its votes by next month, with more hurdles after. We in the LGBT community and those who believe in family the same as we do (contrary to lies and misconceptions) have to fight, speak up, call our senators, email, and push on.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) Shed some light on the law in his own words:
Don't ask, don't tell' has caused the dismissal of 13,500 men and women who wore our uniform with honor, put their lives on the line in service to us and this great nation--and only asked to serve their country on equal terms.
Equality, honor, decency, and the right to fight openly for America is what those who serve with faith and commitment deserve. It should be remembered on this Memorial Day weekend, when so many have given their lives. Isn't that what true service and patriotism is about?


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