Wednesday, May 27, 2009

DAY 10: DADT Update

Wearing a shirt that said "Don't Hide," Lt Dan Choi did yesterday just what he has been doing all along - speaking the truth. He was very visible at several Day of Decision events following the disappointing announcement by the California Supreme Court. Dan wasn't just talking about Don't Ask/Don't Tell though. He let everyone know he is for equal rights for everyone and that include making same-sex marriage legal once again. Rallies in East LA, West Hollywood and Hollywood weren't all that Dan was doing either. I'm told he was also preparing to speak to the President who will be in LA today. Choi is expected to ask Obama to respond to a petition signed by roughly 136,000 people to end “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” and not to fire Lt. Choi.

Have you signed the petition yet folks? You can still add your name! You can also let your senator and representative know how you feel. Send them an email or write them a letter. Urge your friends to do the same. Just as with the battle to legalize gay marriage, we cannot take anything for granted! Speak up! Let Dan Choi and the others know you stand with them.

Despite overtures from the White House about crafting legislation to end the military's controversial "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" policy though, the Pentagon said yesterday it has no plans to repeal the current measure. Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said the military has had only initial discussions with the White House about whether gay troops should be allowed to openly serve and that they have not asked for the 1993 policy to be scrapped. I'll be very interested in what the President has to say today!

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