Press Release: SLDN Issues National Action Alert Continuing Push for Repeal of DADT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2010
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SLDN Issues National Action Alert Continuing Push for Repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”
Alert asks repeal supporters to contact their senators in preparation for Senate floor vote
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), a national, legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT), issued a national action alert today to members and supporters urging them to contact their senators ahead of a floor vote expected later this month or July. The Senate Armed Services Committee voted on May 27 to include DADT repeal as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011.
“We need repeal supporters to contact their senators and tell them to support repeal and follow the lead of Chairman Carl Levin who will be managing the defense bill on the floor, and will oppose any attempts to strike repeal or weaken the language,” said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. “It is critical that we beat back the filibuster threat, defeat attempts to strike repeal, and defeat any crippling amendments. Senators need to hear from us now.”
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Full text of alert:
Repeal advocates have made significant progress this past year, especially over the past two weeks, but we could still lose the fight to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
The first repeal vote on the floor of the Senate could come later this month or July. And we need your help to show the Senate there is strong support for repeal.
The repeal language in the Defense Authorization bill is at risk of being filibustered, stripped out, or weakened by our opponents when the full Senate votes. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has threatened to filibuster the entire defense budget to stop repeal. SLDN and the repeal coalition is working to secure a filibuster-proof, 60-vote majority so that the defense bill can be acted on.
SLDN and the repeal coalition will work with Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) to fend off these threats to repeal.
But we can't do this alone.
The repeal coalition needs supporters like you in each state to call both of your Senators today. The time to push back on the opposition is now.
Call both your Senators today and tell them to support repeal and follow the lead of Senator Carl Levin on any attempts to strike repeal or weaken the language.
Although the Defense Authorization bill is considered "must-pass" legislation, that won't stop opponents of open service from trying to turn the Senate's upcoming votes on the defense bill into a political showdown.
We have to stand up and tell our Senators we need their votes. Our gay and lesbian troops deserve their support.
Call your Senators today and urge them to support Senator Levin and follow his lead when harmful amendments may be offered by opponents.
SLDN Executive Director
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (www.sldn.org) is a national, non-profit legal services and policy organization dedicated to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” A journalists’ guide is available here.