FIGHT BACK NOW!
Right now critical discussions are underway among Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin and Ranking Member Sen. John McCain and other senators about voting on the defense budget during the Senate's lame-duck session, which allows for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal.
The stakes for repeal happening this year couldn't be higher.
Sen. McCain wants repeal language stripped out of the defense bill so he is not forced to take an on-the-record vote against funding the troops, and he wants the Democrats to give in to his outrageous demands.
We have to stand up against this bullying.
Advocates for repeal must urge their senators to call up the defense bill as reported out of the Armed Services Committee and pass it before the Senate goes home for the year.
Call the Senate switchboard today.
Those who don't want to see repeal are screaming to their senators, and we can't let them dominate this debate. Last night, the American Family Association sent out an action alert that called repeal part of a "dangerous agenda" by Congress.
We need to fight back now.
And we must be heard. I challenge you to not just call, but have every member of your family contact their senators. The numbers matter. Your senators' office will track them.
It kills me every time I walk into an office and hear they are swamped with calls. But the calls are not from repeal advocates. They're from those who don't believe a gay or lesbian service member is equal. Don't let them win.
Urge both your senators to make passage of the defense bill as reported out of committee during lame-duck session a top priority.
Call the Senate switchboard now.
At a time when our nation is at war, funding the troops and our nation's defense department during the Senate's lame-duck session must be a top priority. And with your continued support, we can drive that message home to all 100 senators.
SLDN Executive Director