Supporters of DADT repeal couldn't have asked for a better advocate than Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), who became the lead sponsor for HR 1283 (Military Readiness Enhancement Act) last week.
As the first Iraq war veteran to serve in Congress, Rep. Murphy brings a strong record of first-hand military experience to the DADT debate. Congressman Murphy is part of the younger generation that supports open service for gay and lesbian patriots, and he understands that for our military to stay strong the firing of qualified service members must end - now.
"When you're in Baghdad, in 138-degree heat like I was exactly six years ago, when you look at the guys to your left and your right, or that young woman to your left and your right, the fact is you don't care what their sexual orientation is, you don't care what their race is, their religion is, their creed is. You care whether or not they can fire an M-4 assault rifle, if they can kick down a door. That's what this is about, and that's why we need to repeal this, because now is the time to make it happen."
Since Rep. Murphy became the lead sponsor, 12 new lawmakers signed on in a period of just nine days. His passion and leadership will continue to make the difference in this fight as we seek an additional 60 co-sponsors over the next 60 days.
07-17-09 By Paul DeMiglio, Senior Communications Manager |