Wednesday, December 15, 2010

A Holiday Surprise…or Will a Grinch Strike Again?

On the heels of a disappointing outcome in the effort to get “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” – the policy which literally legitimizes discrimination in the U.S. military – repealed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, a few brave legislators introduced a stand-alone bill to get the job done.

Rep. Patrick Murphy (R-PA) and Majority Senate Leader Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) joined together in a bipartisan effort to make one last try at ending discrimination against gay and lesbian servicemembers once and for all. We’re proud to report that the legislation (HR 6520) has passed the House with a 250-175 vote.

The legislation’s fate now lies in the Senate. Last week, in another bipartisan effort to achieve equality, Senators Joe Lierberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced S 4023, the companion bill to the successful House legislation. As of this writing, it currently has 48 cosponsors.

Here at PFLAG, we – like all advocates for equality – can’t help but wonder what it will take for the final repeal of this inexcusable policy. Military experts have advocated for a repeal, members of the military themselves believe that a repeal is in order…short of an engraved invitation delivered by Santa himself to certain legislators, we’re not sure what more people can ask for.

If, by chance, you’d like to give your Senator a call and remind them that this is a policy whose time is long past and that their job is to do the right thing, PFLAG’s got the numbers ready for you to dial. We’re willing to bet that they’re waiting to hear from you. You wouldn’t want to let them down, would you? Why not call now?

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