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10/04/2010

D-NY to DOJ: Military bias merits no appeal!

by Jeremy Hooper

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is wrong for our national security and inconsistent with the moral foundation upon which this country was founded.  For months we've worked together to repeal it.  Last month, we experienced an important victory.  A federal court judge in California declared the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy unconstitutional, saying it has had a "direct and deleterious effect" on our military.  I couldn't agree more.  That's why I teamed up with Senator Mark Udall of Colorado to write a letter to the Department of Justice urging Attorney General Holder not to appeal this ruling in court.  Now I need you to stand with us and call on Attorney General Holder not to appeal this ruling.  Because of the work we've done together over the past year and a half, we are closer than ever to repealing this dangerous policy.  This ruling only gets us closer and it's imperative that it stand.  Click here to help repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  Senator Udall and I are urging the Department of Justice to let the court ruling stand, and we need your support.  "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is an immoral policy that hurts our military readiness.  Since DADT began in 1993, we've lost more than 13,000 men and women to this policy.  That's 13,000 too many.  We must not lose one more brave gay or lesbian service member to this destructive policy.  It is unconstitutional and the federal court ruling should stand.  Click here to help repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  Senator Udall and I are urging the Department of Justice to let the court ruling stand, and we need your support.  Stand with us and urge Attorney General Holder not to appeal this important ruling. While Congress will still need to repeal DADT, this is an extremely important step forward in affirming the civil rights of gays and lesbians. Our government should not be challenging it.  Thanks for your ongoing support on this issue.  Sincerely,  Kirsten Gillibrand
Tell the Department of Justice: Don't Defend "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"! [Senator Gillibrand]

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