Over the last week, we’ve seen an uptick in support for “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal. At the recent HRC Dinner in Washington, President Obama gave his strongest assurance yet that he would work with Congress to lift the ban. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” dominated the news around the National Equality March, and as of today we have 181 cosponsors behind the Military Readiness Enhancement Act (HR 1283), the bill to repeal DADT.
As support builds, however, we also see the far right coming out of the woodwork with ignorance and fear. They sense that things are changing and are desperate to turn back the clock on repeal:
On Sunday, Elaine Donnelly of the Center for Military Readiness accused President Obama of undermining national security by supporting the freedom to serve.
An opinion column in the Washington Times on Tuesday claimed that Obama’s commitment to end DADT amounts to an “assault” on the military.
The Family Research Council also attacked gay and lesbian service in a broadcast on Federal News Radio earlier this week.
The fight for repeal will only intensify in coming weeks and months. This is no time to be drowned out by hysteria and the prejudice of the past. Recommit to telling the truth about DADT, and to telling our nation’s leaders that words alone are no substitute for taking action on repeal today.