Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Now!
The Military Readiness Enhancement Act was reintroduced in the House of Representatives on February 28, 2007. This bill would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and replace it with a nondiscrimination policy. Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) introduced the bill with 109 bi-partisan original cosponsors.
Tell your representative to sign on as a cosponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act! This campaign also targets the leaders of the Armed Services Committees in the House and Senate.
Your letter will be most effective if you write it to reflect your personal views and experiences. If you've served in the military, say so! Your voice can make the difference.
I urge you to support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, to repeal the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" statute governing military service by lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans.
The Military Readiness Enhancement Act was reintroduced by Rep. Marty Meehan (D-MA) on February 28 with the support of 109 bi-partisan original cosponsors. I urge you to support this measure by becoming a cosponsor now.
Only one law in the United States mandates firing someone because of his or her sexual orientation. That law is 10 U.S.C. 654, also known as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and it applies to all Americans serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, including active duty, Reserve, and National Guard personnel. Over two million Americans serving in uniform today are bound by this discriminatory law; among them, an estimated 65,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans in uniform live with the constant threat of a career-ending discharge under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." This is no way to treat patriotic Americans who volunteer to serve our nation in its time of need.
Over 11,000 Americans have been discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" in the last twelve years - an average of two people per day. Our government has spent over $363 million in tax payer dollars firing desperately needed military linguists, pilots, doctors, intelligence analysts, nurses, and others with critical skills we need in this time of conflict. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is wasteful, discriminatory, and harms our military.
I urge you to support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act by becoming a cosponsor.
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