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265 is disgraceful

Join the March on the White House

As of this week, an estimated 265 service members will have been fired under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" since January 20. That's when President Obama and the new Congress came to town -- promising change.

They haven't delivered on that change, certainly with respect to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," so we've got to stand together and say "Enough. 265 is disgraceful."

Join us at 2 p.m. this Saturday, June 27, as we march on the White House to call on President Obama for leadership. It's urgent that the president and Congress act to kill "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

RSVP using the form below, or RSVP on Facebook by clicking here.

We'll meet at Farragut Square (17th & K Streets NW) and march from there.


**PLEASE NOTE**

Before you join our march on Saturday, there are some important things to know about political advocacy as a service member. Active duty and activated or full-time guard and reserve service members and those on training duty must follow Department of Defense regulations on political activities. Under DoD regulations, active duty and activated or full-time guard and reserve service members and those on training duty can attend the march for repeal of DADT as long as they do not wear their uniforms or give the impression that they are speaking for the military when expressing personal opinions. Service members can also sign a petition for repeal of DADT and make monetary contributions to organizations such as SLDN that are working to repeal DADT. Under DoD regulations, they cannot speak in front of the rally at the White House. Service members who are subject to DADT must also be careful that their actions during an event like the march are not construed as a statement of their sexual orientation. For example, holding a banner that says “Lesbians in the military say lift the ban!” could be grounds for discharge under DADT.

Veterans face no risk under the political advocacy guidelines or under DADT from participating in our march or rally. Retirees face no risk under the political advocacy guidelines and a negligible risk under DADT since theoretically they could be recalled. In reality, no retiree has ever been investigated under DADT and many lesbian, gay, and bisexual military retirees live openly.

If you would like additional guidance on participating in the march on Saturday as a service member, veteran, or retiree, please contact the legal department at SLDN, at legal@sldn.org or 202-328-3244 X 100.