Last night President Obama said, “This year, I will work with Congress and our military to finally repeal the law that denies gay Americans the right to serve the country they love because of who they are.” We welcome the news, and are encouraged by the President’s historic announcement in a State of the Union.
As noted in today’s LA Times, the military is beginning to consider ways to allow open service:
Within the military, there have been signals that the services would be more receptive to a shift than they were in 1993. Articles in military publications have cast doubt on the argument that "unit cohesion" would suffer if gays were allowed to serve openly. Gates and Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have begun to examine how to implement a change. They have told military audiences to expect a change in the policy.
The fight for open service is about to get much more intense. Hysteria from repeal opponents is sure to get louder. We need all pro-repeal voices out there writing letters to their newspapers, local blog posts, and calling into radio stations – not only making the case to end this law, but for the President to end this law THIS YEAR through his defense budget. Call the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414.
01-28-10 By Paul DeMiglio, Senior Communications Manager |