Friday, June 05, 2009

DAY 19: DADT Update

We have been writing a lot about Lt. Dan Choi here in this space every day. Our purpose is really not to tell you about him, but about ending Don't Ask/Don't Tell. Dan however cannot be ignored. If it was not for him, I might not have been awakened to the fact that this policy is still in place, despite Obama's promise to do away with it. I have to also say that Dan has been a tireless spokesperson both for an end to DADT and also for same-sex marriage and justice for all. This is one incredible guy.

Years ago Harvey Milk spoke of the importance of coming out - the importance of visibility. Dan Choi is proof that Milk was right!

On March 3rd, California Representative, Ellen Tauscher introduced HR1283, "The Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2009." The bill seeks to repeal current Department of Defense (DOD) policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces. Within days the bill had gained oner 140 co-sponsors, including all 6 of California's Democrats serving in the House. The bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel - a subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee.

What does YOUR representative think about this? What does YOUR senator think? Have you contacted them yet? Have you written to the President? Speak up! Together we can make a difference!

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