In a noontime rally under the soaring stone columns of the Ohio State House in Columbus, a coalition of LGBT groups, including HRC, honored our veterans, and spoke out for justice for those who are still serving. Among the crowd were veterans, family members, college students and others—all showing their support for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
One of the speakers, a gay veteran, talked about the challenges of serving in silence. Among those interviewed by the press that attended was the veteran’s mother, who spoke passionately, even angrily, about how her son had to live a lie while serving his county.
I was there to move people to action by urging them to contact Senator George Voinovich and nearly everyone at the rally made phone calls to his office immediately after the rally. His vote is key to passing the National Defense Authorization Act and thus repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. If you live in Ohio, please call his office today.