In his State of the Union address, President Obama pledged to end the law that denies gays and lesbians the right to serve their country. And last month, the full House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee finally voted to make it happen and repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” There’s only one more step left before we succeed: a vote of the full U.S. Senate.
The problem is Republican Senator Roger Wicker from Mississippi has announced Republicans will filibuster. Senator John McCain said, “I’ll do everything in my power” to block a vote. One after another, Republicans are vowing to stand united against the entire defense budget if the repeal isn’t stripped from the bill.
With the November elections right around the corner, we have to ask: If Republicans filibuster, will Democrats cave?
We’re not willing to sit down and hope Democrats stand strong. It’s up to us to make sure they deliver.
CONTRIBUTE NOW TO FUEL THE FIGHT TO REPEAL “DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL”
Over 75% of Americans, according to a recent CNN news poll, want to end this discrimination now. But some Democrats in Washington have cold feet, worried about how Republicans will frame it in an election year.
After dragging their feet for months, enough Democrats finally stood up to lead once the progressive community — including the leadership of Governor Howard Dean and the members of Democracy for America, Courage Campaign Equality, Servicemembers United, MoveOn, OpenLeft and over 30 other organizations — united in calling for action.
But will Democrats stand their ground? The New York Times reports John McCain has solicited letters from those who oppose repeal on the Joint Chiefs of Staff — the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines — in an attempt to use top brass to pressure Democrats to buckle. McCain, of course, isn’t acting alone. He’s being amplified by FOX News and the right-wing Family Research Council, which released ads claiming Obama is trying to “force open homosexuality on the military.”
It’s offensive and outrageous, but it could work to stop repeal.
FUEL THE CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT BACK NOW
Over 13,500 Americans have been discharged from military service for no reason other than their sexual orientation. They were willing to die for America. We dishonor that sacrifice every day “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” continues.
President Obama said it best. We must end this law because “it’s the right thing to do.”
We will end this discrimination now. Then, working together, we’ll defeat candidates for office — Republicans and Democrats — who stood in the way.
Thank you for everything you do.