Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Action Alert - Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The delays are over! After almost two decades, Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) introduced The Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010, a Senate companion bill to the House Bill H.R. 1283, which would rescind the disastrous "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and replace it with a nondiscrimination policy for lesbian, gay and bisexual service members, allowing them to serve openly and honestly without fear of discharge.

As the Senate Armed Services Committee begins to evaluate this law, we need you to urge your Senators to co-sponsor this critically important legislation to help expedite the repeal of this discriminatory law.

But we need your help right now to make this happen...

It is outrageous that the lesbian, gay and bisexual service members can STILL be discharged for their real or perceived sexual orientation. Since this law was enacted, nearly 13,000 service members have been discharged, costing the federal government $555 million to enforce bigotry and discrimination. In fact, it is the only federal law on the book that endorses employment discrimination for U.S. military service members. While this practice is legal, it is unquestionably wrong.

This kind of discrimination flies in the face of the core values that Americans hold dear, and it's time to take a stand.

Everyone reading this must take action now to tell our Senators to co-sponsor and pass the Senate's Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010. Equality is on the line for millions of patriotic service members who are eager to defend our country from oppression and global inequalities.

Please take action right now. Here's how:

Email your Senators. To learn the name of your U.S. Senators, go to http://capwiz.com/pflag/dbq/officials/ and enter your zip code. Tell your Senators that all patriotic Americans deserve the right to serve their country, and that they can help by co-sponsoring and passing The Military Readiness Enhancement Act.

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