Thursday, July 09, 2009

"Voices of Honor" Tour to Repeal DADT

The Human Rights Campaign is partnering with Servicemembers United to launch "Voices of Honor: A Generation Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," a national tour highlights the discriminatory law that hurts military readiness and national security while putting American soldiers fighting overseas at risk. Leading the parallel charge in Congress for the repeal of DADT is Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), a former West Point professor and Iraq War vet, the lead sponsor of the repeal legislation . I watched Murphy last night on Rachel Madow's show and he is amazing and has a level of enthusiasm I wish we saw in more of our elected officials in Congress who care more about not being perceived as "rocking the boat" than doing what is right (Glenn Nye, I mean folks like you). Here are highlights from Murphy's statement about the launch of this effort:

Our president, President Barack Obama, has stated that If Congress can get a bill to his desk repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, he will sign it into law. It is now our job, and my job specifically, to quarterback this through the Congress of the United States to do just that. I can not tell you today how long it's gonna take. All I can tell ya is that paratroopers don't quit, and paratroopers get the job done. To remove honorable, talented and committed Americans from serving in our military is contrary to the values that our military holds dear."
"Voices of Honor" will make stops in Philadelphia; Trenton; Virginia Beach; Phoenix; Kansas City, MO; Orlando and Tampa and will feature former Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, the first American soldier injured in Iraq, among others. CNN points out that some of those involved were chosen because they're straight, as outreach to other straight soldiers. It will be interesting to see what coverage, if any, the tour receives from the Hampton Roads MSM media.

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