Tell Congress: Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
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The Military Readiness Enhancement Act - the measure that seeks to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - has been re-introduced in the US House of Representatives. This legislation would remove the ban on gay and lesbian troops and allow them to serve openly in the military.
"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is not only discriminatory - it also weakens our national security.
It is estimated that at least 65,000 gay and lesbian Americans are currently serving in the U.S. Military. More than 13,000 others have already been discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) enforcement has cost as much as $1 billion.
Given the current needs of the our Armed Forces, which are already stretched thin and are facing serious problems in recruiting and retaining troops, it makes no sense to continue upholding a policy that keeps able-bodied Americans from serving.
Please ask your Representative to support the Military Readiness Enhancement Act today.
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