Servicemembers Legal Defense Network will be hosting a Washington, DC rally this Friday. The event is a call to the Senate to keep working until “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal is brought to the floor.“Senators must not be allowed to hide any longer behind process, procedure, and tax cuts for the wealthy, while the discrimination continues,” said Aubrey Sarvis, the organization’s executive director. “We’ve lost 14,000 troops to this antiquated law, and by God, we must not lose another on our watch.”
Numerous other LGBT political groups will be joining SLDN for the 12 noon rally. If you are in the area, and have time, get out there and make your voice heard.
The White House and Senate majority leader Harry Reid continue to express confident that DADT repeal can get a lame duck vote. This positivity stands in stark contrast to the Senate schedule (Christmas break starts on December 17) and Republican road blocks.
“The White House remains fully committed to passage of the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act], including the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, during the lame duck,” said White House spokesperson Shin Inouye. “This is a priority for the President, and are we confident that the Congress will be able to address this issue this year.”
For this to happen there must be a final push. Call your senator. Have your friends call, even those you secretly loathe. Make your great aunt pick up the phone. If she refuses, threaten to kill her annoying cat. If she’s a dog owner, leave it be. Dogs are God’s creatures. Tell your office mates to call, including the one who keeps taking all the paper clips.