Today, military veterans will deliver more than 20,000 postcards to Capitol Hill that the time to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is now. The postcards, signed by supporters of repeal from across the country, will be delivered on the eve of critical votes in the House and Senate. Joining them will be Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif., Chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
President Obama approved plans for an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law this year. According to Servicemembers United, the proposed amendment would include a delayed implementation provision that would not allow repeal to take effect until the Pentagon’s Comprehensive Review Working Group completed its nine-month implementation management study and until the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified that the military is ready to implement repeal smoothly.
As part of a media tour sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, United States Marine Corps veteran Walker Burttschell visited the Gay Community Center of Richmond on Monday (pictured) to publicize his walk from Virginia Beach to DC protesting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” His 250 mile walk began at Senator Jim Webb’s office in Virginia Beach and ends at the United States Capitol.
Equality Virginia sent an e-mail urging constituents to call Senator Jim Webb. According to EV, for repeal to be included in the Senate version of the Defense Authorization bill, there must be 15 affirmative votes for the amendment among the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that Webb serves on. Webb can be reached at (202) 224-4024.
The amendment to appeal is expected in both the House and Senate this week.
If passed, the DADT repeal amendment proposed by Senator Joseph Lieberman and Congressman Patrick Murphy would enable the creation of new policy allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly.
Since it’s implementation in 1993, over 14,000 gay and lesbian servicemembers have been fired under DADT.