With the November elections behind us and Congress back in just two days, HRC and our allies are working around the clock to make sure the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law is repealed once and for all. It has been a long year and a hard fight for DADT repeal advocates and our end goal is in sight. In May, the House passed DADT repeal language in its version of the FY 2011 defense authorization bill, but Republicans in the Senate blocked the bill from coming up for a vote there. Now is our time for repeal. Congress MUST vote this year to repeal DADT, because it may be our last chance at legislative repeal for a long time.
After spending the spring in Florida for DADT, I hit the ground in Virginia this week to continue the work of my fellow HRC organizers and focus our year long efforts to ensure Senator Webb’s support. Webb previously indicated that he would defer to the Pentagon study before taking a position on repeal. With the release of the study just around the corner on December the 1st, and with early leaks indicating that our military is overwhelming in support or indifferent to repeal, it is time for Senator Webb to stand up in support of repeal.
If you are a family member of a veteran or Active Duty service member from Virginia, please call Senator Webb’s office today at 202-224-4024 and ask him to put aside politics and pass the National Defense Authorization Act with language that repeals “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Time is short; we need your help.
To get involved in our DADT efforts in Virginia, please call David Turley at 202-330-3790 or email me at David.Turley@hrc.org. Make sure that you also make it over to HRC’s online Action Center to make your voice heard.