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07/08/2009

Reppin' for non-discrimination: Actual soldier takes on fairness' actual enemy

by Jeremy Hooper

Patrick-MurphyTaking the reins from former Congressperson Ellen Tausher (now under secretary for Arms Control and International Security at the U.S. State Department), U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (an Iraq War vet) is joining up with the Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers United to lead on repeal of the antiquated, thoroughly offensive military policy known as Don't Ask Don't Tell:

WASHINGTON – The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, in partnership with Servicemembers United, the nation's largest organization of gay and lesbian troops and veterans and their straight allies, and U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), announced today the launch of “Voices of Honor: A Generation Under ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’”
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“‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ clearly isn’t working for our military, and it hurts national security and military readiness at a time when America is fighting in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA). “My time in Iraq taught me that our military needs the best and the brightest who are willing to serve- and that means all Americans, regardless of their orientation. Discharging brave and talented service members from our armed forces is contrary to the values that our military fights for and that our nation holds dear.”
Voices of Honor [HRC]

A promising effort. And SO MUCH better than the far right's own planned campaign: "Voices of Dishonor: 'Oh noes, the gays are gonna force us to trade in camouflage for Pride-colored jump suits! Instead of barracks, they'll insist on everyone sleeping in leather slings. And rather than marching to cadence, our soldiers will march to Lady Gaga. AAHH! Fear. AAAH!!!!! Fear. Fear da gays. FEAR. THEM!!!!!!!'"

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*MORE: Video from today's announcement: VIDEO: Launch of “Voices of Honor” Tour to Support DADT Repeal [HRC Backstory]

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