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No Second-Class Patriots

Just minutes ago, the House of Representatives passed by a vote of 322 to 96 the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with objectionable language that we have discussed with you in recent weeks.

Not only does this language strike at progress made toward repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) and equality for LGB service members, but Rep. Todd Akin's (R-MO) provision goes even further, expanding DOMA and threatening religious freedom in our military. Put quite simply, it's a dangerous proposition to go down the road of restricting the religious liberties of chaplains and service members.

The opposition may well believe they won the day in the House, simply outnumbering repeal advocates. But this fight is far from over.

We must look to repeal supporters in the Senate, where the defense bill will be taken up next and where we are better positioned than in the House. We need to beat back this harmful language and make sure it does not survive in conference committee.

Make no mistake: these attempts by repeal opponents to shift the debate from DADT to DOMA is simply another way to strike at the dignity of LGB service members. Along with our allies, SLDN will stand up for these warriors, who should never be treated as second-class patriots.

We will be calling upon you to help us when debate begins in the Senate. In the interim, let us all remember and appreciate the service members who gave all so we might be free.

By Aubrey Sarvis, Army Veteran and SLDN Executive Director |

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Gabriel in Highland, California on May 29, 2011 at 02.40 am

Rep. Duncan Hunter CA(R) wrote the amendment to require all service chiefs to certify DADT. He reminds me of Rep. Graham SC(R). Both are anti-gay. This is so Republican typical. Don"t we need our national budget passed and what about the debt ceiling? DADT has been debated and debated and repealed. Leave it alone.  By messing with it, these Republicans are exposing themselves as pandering to their elite base in order to capture campaign donations next year and to help Senator McCain push his agenda. I hope the California Judge Philip’s ruling is allowed to be enforced if they delay or stop the repeal implementation. If not we need to file a class action suit built off of her ruling and the ruling in Maj. Witts case. I am fed up with the politicians only worry about pleasing their campaign finders rather than serving the people and protecting our rights. The way I see it, Republicans sold their souls to the banks and big business and the Democrats sold theirs to far left ideas and the unions. We need neutral people in office that are not lifetime politicians but rather blue collar workers that have not disconnected from reality. By the way, I am working on inprocessing into the Army Reserves in California. I am working with the unit Retention NCO not a recruiter. The unit just had their DADT training. He emailed me the enlistment packet which I am working on.

Hudson Rushing, Jr. in Franklin, Louisiana 70538 on May 28, 2011 at 02.17 pm

Maybe Robert Irwin needs to get out of our Military and moved to Libya/Sounds like a typical Leftist!

SLDN on May 27, 2011 at 07.33 am

Wes: we’re happy to provide you with that info! Here’s a link to see how your representative voted: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2011/roll375.xml.

You can read more about the bill here: http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d112:h.r.01540:

Wes Davey in Saint Pau, MN on May 26, 2011 at 02.33 pm

To SLDN - please put a link in this article to this bill/amendment, and a link to the actual voting so we can see how our representatives voted.  Thanks

Robert Irwin in Estacada, Oregon on May 26, 2011 at 02.02 pm

I am deeply fearful that my ability to reenlist is being slowly taken away from me here. The republicans, if they have their way, would probably like to never see me serve again. I will be writing my US Senators and pleading with them to vote down the Defense Bill while this harmful language is still included.