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Senator Gillibrand Calls On Citizens To Help Oppose DADT Appeal

10/04/10-by Bridgette P. LaVictoire
If President Barack Obama wants to make sure that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell stops right where it is, all he needs to do is tell Attorney General Eric Holder that the time has come to not doing something- and that is appeal the case before Federal Court Judge Virginia Phillips. She ruled Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell unconstitutional, and while the law will need to still be repealed, having it ruled thusly and an injunction placed upon it will prevent people from being discharged under this law.

Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Mark Udall have called upon AG Holder to not appeal the ruling. They are now calling upon others do join them in making that pitch as well. If the Republicans in the Senate are more than willing to hide behind filibusters and kick their feet in a tantrum of opposition, it is time for Obama to stand up and say that he and his Administration will do what is right even if it means doing so by way of the courts.

Here is the letter from Senator Gillibrand:

Dear Friend,

“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.

“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.

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.


Kirsten Gillibrand

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