There’s not much time left for Congress to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act or start the process for repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” So today the Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network teamed up to launch an intensive grassroots lobbying effort in ten key states.
The groups’ “Countdown 2010″ campaign is designed to get LGBT Americans and their allies to write, call or e-mail members of Congress in Arkansas, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Virginia.
“We need supporters to contact their senators and tell them to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and follow the lead of Chairman Carl Levin who will be managing the defense bill on the floor. It is critical that we beat back any filibuster threat, defeat attempts to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments. Senators need to hear from us now, especially in the 10 key states where our combined SLDN and HRC field teams are working now,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director at SLDN.
ENDA faces significant hurdles in the U.S. Senate, but some believe that House passage of the bill could spur action across the Capitol.