The Pentagon’s long-awaited survey on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell came out this week – you can read a summary here or see the full Pentagon report. Basically, it found that most servicemembers don’t care one way or another and there’s little risk in repealing DADT.
The House has already passed repeal, and so it’s a race to get the Senate to pass it before the end of the year. Here’s a list of Senators that are pivotal – especially if you’re in one of these states, please drop a quick note to your Senators urging them to vote for repeal. Here’s how to get in touch with your Senators. And here’s the quick note I wrote to mine:
Now that the Pentagon study has been completed regarding Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, I would respectfully urge you to vote for repealing the policy. The study shows that for the majority of troops it makes no difference who they’re serving with, and requiring gay and lesbian servicemembers to lie to stay in the military opens them up to discrimination and blackmailing. For the sake of fairness, equality, and national security, please vote to repeat Don’t Ask Don’t Tell!
In related good news, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a civil unions bill, and the governor is in support, so it just has to pass the state Senate. Here’s hoping I can turn another state green!