Letter from Obama re: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

Heye all:

Prior to President Clinton, our military had the policy that if they discovered a military personnel to be Gay or Lesbian they would give them the boot – often loosing benefits, credentials, status etc

Under Clinton the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was instituted – this policy basically said the military can not ask if a service person is G/L/B/T and the service person should not self-disclose their sexual orientation.  In a word it was a negative peace policy – a temporary band aid in a predominantly homophobic world.  Yesterday the Senate voted to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the House of Representatives already did.  Once Obama signs his ole John Hancok this means that G/L/B/T service people can serve our country openly.

No shame and no blame.  We dont ask you to risk your life for a country that expects you to live in secret.
so Barack Obama pledges to sign the bill that this discriminatory law of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” be repealed.  Ya Hoo – i can not tell you how happy i am.  See the letter from Obama below.  A Dream Deferred is not always a Dream that Dies.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident that all people are created equal …”

thank u america and g-d bless


From: Barack Obama
Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2010 19:19:02 -0500
Subject: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Friend —

Hours ago, the Senate voted to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

When that bill reaches my desk, I will sign it, and this discriminatory law will be repealed.

Gay and lesbian service members — brave Americans who enable our freedoms — will no longer have to hide who they are.

The fight for civil rights, a struggle that continues, will no longer include this one.

This victory belongs to you. Without your commitment, the promise I made as a candidate would have remained just that.

Instead, you helped prove again that no one should underestimate this movement. Every phone call to a senator on the fence, every letter to the editor in a local paper, and every message in a congressional inbox makes it clear to those who would stand in the way of justice: We will not quit.

This victory also belongs to Senator Harry Reid, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and our many allies in Congress who refused to let politics get in the way of what was right.

Like you, they never gave up, and I want them to know how grateful we are for that commitment.

Will you join me in thanking them by adding your name to Organizing for America’s letter? <http://my.barackobama.com/Repealed5?keycode=&firstname=&lastname=durr&email=paddhd@rit.edu&zip=14618>

I will make sure these messages are delivered — you can also add a comment about what the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” means to you.

As Commander in Chief, I fought to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because it weakens our national security and military readiness. It violates the fundamental American principles of equality and fairness.

But this victory is also personal.

I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my sexual orientation.

But I know my story would not be possible without the sacrifice and struggle of those who came before me — many I will never meet, and can never thank.

I know this repeal is a crucial step for civil rights, and that it strengthens our military and national security. I know it is the right thing to do.

But the rightness of our cause does not guarantee success, and today, celebration of this historic step forward is tempered by the defeat of another — the DREAM Act. I am incredibly disappointed that a minority of senators refused to move forward on this important, commonsense reform that most Americans understand is the right thing for our country. On this issue, our work must continue.

Today, I’m proud that we took these fights on.

Please join me in thanking those in Congress who helped make “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal possible:

http://my.barackobama.com/Repealed <http://my.barackobama.com/Repealed5?keycode=&firstname=&lastname=durr&email=paddhd@rit.edu&zip=14618>

Thank you,

Barack

Paid for by Organizing for America, a project of the Democratic National Committee — 430 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, D.C. 20003. This communication is not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. handeyes
    Dec 20, 2010 @ 16:19:26

    NOTE: just for the record – im a total pacifist and i generally do not support wars

    im also a total egalitarian / humanitarian so i figure if we gotta have a military we should treat all folks equally

    i feel the same way about Deaf folks being denied the right to serve our country (yes i understand the issues re: direct combat but there are ways to have a measure of egalitarianism within the military for Deaf folks just as they have done with women – whereas in the past they said women were to weak to serve etc)

    so justice for all does even include my advocating for including folks who DESIRE to be included in something that is not always used justly (military power and violence) when the pacifist in me would much rather ban everyone equally from serving – smile

    peace

    patti

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