Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Marine (and current CA Assemblyman) Nathan Fletcher on Ending "Don't Ask Don't Tell"

Happily, the California Assembly did pass this Anti-Don't Ask Don't Tell measure, which will now go to our Governor Schwarzenegger to (hopefully) sign.

You can e-mail the Governor here.

More info on the bill:

Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell

Bill Number: SJR 9

This resolution would put California on record in support of the federal Military Readiness Enhancement Act, recognizing the vital contributions of gay and lesbian members of our armed forces and reversing the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

Status: Passed full Senate with a 23-16 vote on August 24, 2009. Passed the Assembly with bipartisan support on May 13, 2010.

Author: Senator Christine Kehoe

Principal Co-Authors: Senator Leno and Assembly Members Ammiano, Brownley, Evans, Feuer, Jones, Lieu, Ma, Monning, John A. Pérez, and Salas.

Thanks to all the above for the efforts to put California's weight on the side of equality - hoping that pressure helps move things along on the federal level.

In fact, Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) is expected to offer an amendment to the House version of the Defense Authorization bill that would overturn DADT. Similar action is also expected in the Senate Armed Services Committee on May 27.

For Rep. Murphy's amendment to be offered, however, the Speaker of the House must first schedule a vote.

And that's where each of us can help - right now.

Urge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to schedule a vote on Rep. Murphy's repeal amendment to the Defense Authorization bill next week.

Call Speaker Pelosi today.

(202) 225-0100

Also, contact your representative in Congress and tell them that waiting any longer to repeal this terrible law is not an option.

In the words of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network:

We are closer to achieving repeal than ever before.

And my appreciation to Nathan, for having the courage to speak honestly about this, and to everyone fighting to get rid of Don't Ask Don't Tell.

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