“We should not be punishing patriotic Americans who have stepped forward to serve the country. We should be celebrating their willingness to step forward and show such courage ... especially when we are fighting two wars.”
These words were spoken by our Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama, last Saturday as he pledged once again to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” One day later, an estimated 200,000 people descended on Washington, marching to the Capitol and demanding equality for all. I was among that group last Sunday, and since then I can tell you that here in Washington, and on the Hill, you can feel a surge…people are beginning to pick up on the urgency and intensity for repeal. This momentum is reflected in the number of cosponsors that have signed onto the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, HR 1283, over the past week. Late last night, Kurt Schrader of Oregon joined fellow freshman colleagues, Bill Foster of Illinois and Scott Murphy of New York (a member of the Armed Services Committee) as cosponsors of the bill. Along with Charles Rangel of New York, that is four cosponsors in just three days.
What does this mean? We must work even harder for our brave LGBT patriots silently serving our country. The opposition has sensed a change in the air and is rearing its ugly head. In case you missed it, check out what Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas said last week about those who wish to serve and protect our country. Yes, it’s true, he compares gay and lesbian service members to pedophiles, necrophiliacs, and zoophiles. His comments were not made on a talk show program, or in some town hall. These shameful comments were made, unbelievably, on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Please help us push back against our opposition. Donate as much money or time that you possibly can. And please, please, please click on the button above “Keep up the Pressure,” to find your state and see if your member is on board. There you will find out how to contact your member of Congress and direct them to push for the passage of HR 1283. Visit www.sldn.org for more information.