10 thoughts on “Blow against US military homophobia

  1. Dear Young Democrat,

    The Senate may vote as soon as this evening on whether to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military. The time is now to end this discriminatory practice once and for all.

    Take a few minutes this afternoon and contact your senators. The Capitol switchboard number is 202-224-3121.

    This is an issue that disproportionately affects our generation. As many as 80% of those discharged under DADT have been younger than 26 years old – often brave, rank-and-file soldiers who find themselves on the front lines of combat.

    For additional background information and for tips on calling your senators, visit the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) or the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

    The facts are on our side. In a report released by the Pentagon last week, 70% of troops indicated that the repeal of DADT would not have a negative effect on unit cohesion. In addition, Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently stated, “I have a very difficult time leading an organization—one of whose pillars is integrity—and asking people to lie every single day they come to work.”

    If you live in Maine, Indiana, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ohio, Missouri, Alaska, Illinois or West Virginia, your phone calls are even more important in influencing key swing votes. Please dial 202-224-3121 and make your voice heard.

    For more than a year, we have advocated for an end to Don’t, Ask, Don’t Tell. Now we are only a few hours from this critical vote. Thanks for all you are doing to push this important issue across the finish line.

    On to Victory,


    Colmon Elridge
    Executive Vice-President
    Young Democrats of America


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