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Human Rights Groups Unite To End Anti-Gay Laws!

A coalition of human rights groups is organizing a national tour to seek the end of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which has resulted in the discharge of over 13,000 service men and women. A Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers United will present gay, lesbian and straight speakers, all veterans whose service either was ended as a result of the armed forces on gays or who want to speak out on behalf of gay service members. It will be a national tour and more cities may be added to the list. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a two term congressman and former serviceman fighting in Iraq, told the National Press Club, ‘Our troops are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, and are stretched dangerously thin.” They need more soldiers fighting alongside them and would welcome gays, lesbians or straights as long as they can shoot straight.

How can the United States turn down the services of men and women who want to serve in active combat? The anti-gay policy is a policy that threatens the lives of those fighting and must be ended. Perhaps, gays and lesbians can be discharged but that does not make those remaining very gay about the loss of comrades who risked all to serve alongside of them.

Obama Will Go Slow On Gay Issues

Barack Obama inherits an economy that is slowly sinking, severe problems in Afghanistan and with Pakistan which makes most unlikely he will take the gay armed forces issue head on. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network which supports gay rights expects Obama to work slowly on this issue. As far as the Network is concerned, they are quite willing to “get it done in the next Congress.” The recent announcement by over a 100 retired generals and admirals urging acceptance of gay members of the military will help in persuading top level leaders to change the infamous, “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

The best policy for Obama is to ask the Joint Chiefs of Staff to study the issue and give him a recommendation. This most likely would lead to a repeal and it would sail through Congress if it was based on a Joint Chiefs recommendation.