Repeal advocates have made significant progress this past year, especially over the past two weeks, but we could still lose the fight to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.
The first repeal vote on the floor of the Senate could come later this month or July. And that’s why we and our friends at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) need your help to show the Senate there is strong support for repeal.
The repeal language in the Defense Authorization bill is at risk of being filibustered, stripped out, or weakened by our opponents when the full Senate votes. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has threatened to filibuster the entire defense budget to stop repeal. SLDN and the repeal coalition is working to secure a filibuster-proof, 60-vote majority so that the defense bill can be acted on.
SLDN and the repeal coalition will work with Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) to fend off these threats to repeal.
But we can’t do this alone.
We need supporters like you in each state to call both of your Senators today. The time to push back on the opposition is now.
Call both your Senators at 202-224-3121 today and tell them to support repeal and follow the lead of Senator Carl Levin on any attempts to strike repeal or weaken the language.
Although the Defense Authorization bill is considered “must-pass” legislation, that won’t stop opponents of open service from trying to turn the Senate’s upcoming votes on the Defense bill into a political showdown.
Call your Senators today and urge them to support Senator Levin and follow his lead when harmful amendments may be offered by opponents.
Stand up and tell our Senators we need their votes. Our LGBT troops deserve their support.
by Evan Wolfson | Huffington Post
Last week, Congress took a historic step toward undoing government discrimination against lesbian and gay Americans. In a resounding and bipartisan vote, the House of Representatives by 234-194 authorized repeal of military discrimination — trivialized by its common name, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”