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UPDATE: SLDN SUPPORTS ANY “VIABLE OPTION” TO REPEAL “DON’T ASK” BEFORE END OF YEAR

UPDATE: SLDN SUPPORTS ANY “VIABLE OPTION” TO REPEAL “DON’T ASK” BEFORE END OF YEAR

“We need to be on the bill that moves, period. We support Sen. Lieberman’s plan to move a standalone bill. We also believe another viable option is the Continuing Resolution (CR) coming over from the U.S. House of Representatives. The Senate and the President must remain in session and in Washington to find another path for repeal to get done in the lame-duck. We implore all who support repeal to join us outside the Senate tomorrow at noon’, said Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

SLDN STATEMENT ON SENATE VOTE TO STOP REPEAL OF “DON’T ASK” / RALLY TOMORROW AT CAPITOL

“Today a band of Senators voted to continue the discrimination against gay and lesbian service members who are fighting and dying for our country. This continued delay is an outrage against these service members and the more than 14,000 who have already lost their jobs under this discriminatory law. History will hold these senators accountable and so will many of their constituents. There will be no place for these Senators to hide. The Senate and the President must remain in session and in Washington to find another path for repeal to get done in the lame-duck. While difficult, realistic options still exist for advocates and Senators to move repeal this year. We need to keep pushing as the Senate is scheduled to break for holiday vacation. We implore all who support repeal to join us outside the Senate this Friday. As Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said, ‘If not now, when?’, said Aubrey Sarvis, Army veteran and executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

ABOUT SLDN: SLDN was established in 1993 when “Don’t Ask” originally passed. In addition to working on repeal, SLDN offers free, confidential legal services to those impacted by DADT; this year the organization received its 10,000th call for assistance to its legal hotline.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2010
Trevor Thomas: (616) 430-2030 or trevor@sldn.org
Paul DeMiglio: (202) 621-5408 or paul@sldn.org

TAKING NOTHING FOR GRANTED, THE RALLY FOR REPEAL STILL PLANNED FOR FRIDAY:

WHAT: MISSION INCOMPLETE: NO SENATE VACATION UNTIL THE TASK IS FINISHED
WHERE: Constitution Ave. and Delaware Ave., NE, Upper Senate Park, North of U.S. Capitol
WHEN: Friday, December 10, 2010, 12:00 p.m. ET

SPREAD THE WORD:
--MISSION INCOMPLETE: NO SENATE VACATION UNTIL THE TASK IS FINISHED
--LINK TO AUTOMATICALLY UPLOAD ON FACEBOOK STATUS: http://on.fb.me/hFCbsP
--LINK TO AUTOMATICALLY UPLOAD ON TWITTER STATUS: http://bit.ly/fkfdX8
--TWITTER HASHTAG: #4REPEAL
--SHORT LINK FOR YOUR OWN ONLINE POST: http://bit.ly/ebbDoj

STILL AT RISK: “As the U.S. Senate votes on repeal legislation, service members still cannot come out. A general recently approved the separation of an SLDN client serving overseas in the U.S. Air Force. This service member now faces an administrative separation board. If the discharge moves forward, the fate of the service member’s career will ultimately fall to Secretary Michael B. Donley, Dept. of Defense General Counsel Jeh Johnson, and Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel Dr. Clifford L. Stanley.” Warning to service members: www.SLDN.org/StillAtRisk

SLDN FREE HOTLINE: Gay and lesbian service members with questions on repeal are urged to contact the SLDN hotline to speak with a staff attorney: 202-328-3244 x100.

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