September20th

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Tomorrow, September 21, 2010, will mark a significant date in American History.

The opportunity to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) will come before the Senate and will undoubtedly result in a landmark decision. I say landmark, because no matter whether it is approved or denied, it will send an impressive message to the entire world. It is up to us to make sure that the “impressive” nature of the results reflect positively on our society and our amazing country.

DADT, formally known by the title “Military Personnel Eligibility Act of 1993,” prevents gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military. It also prohibits the military from asking sexual orientation on recruitment forms; however, it DOES NOT prevent the military from investigating whether a service member is homosexual. In the United States, more than 12,000 individuals, willing to serve the US with dignity and die for freedom  (a luxury that is ironically not even allotted to themselves), have been discharged from the military due to their sexual orientation.

There are many countries (25 to be pretty exact) around the world already allowing gays and lesbians to openly serve in the military. Canada and England are two such countries. Canada began allowing gays to openly serve in the armed forces in 1992 – talk about way ahead of their time!!!! – amid claims from 45% of currently serving military members that they would refuse to work with gay peers. Canada has since reported “no effect” since the ban was lifted. England allowed gays to openly serve in 2000 amid numerous claims that their military would be adversely affected as well. England has also since reported “a marked lack of reaction.” Canada not only accepts gays into the military but also actually allows gay marriages on their military bases, and Israel (gays openly allowed in military since 1993) provides benefits to same-sex partners of its military forces.  (SOURCESOURCE)

I understand some people’s arguments against the repeal of DADT, but for the dispelling of the most common myths regarding Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, please visit THIS site.

I leave you with an interesting fact:

“A lot of recruits would be more leery of bunking next to an ex-con than a homosexual, but the military admits hundreds of felons each year, including some violent ones.” (SOURCE)

“Data released by a congressional committee shows the numbers of soldiers admitted to the Army with felony records jumped from 249 in 2006 to 511 in 2007. And the number of Marines with felonies rose from 208 to 350. A bit more than half of the Army’s 511 convictions in 2007 were for various types of thefts…130 for drug offenses…two for manslaughter…five for sexual crimes…three for negligent or vehicular homicide…[and] two received waivers for terrorist threats including bomb threats. At least 235 of the Marine Corps’ 350 waivers were various types of thefts…another 63 were for assaults or robberies that included the use of a weapon…1 for manslaughter…4 four sex crimes…and 5 for terror threats, including bomb threats.” (SOURCE)

So…

“On the one hand, the Pentagon is discharging highly-qualified, honest, law-abiding men and women because they are gay, while on the other hand granting waivers to rapists, killers, kidnappers and terrorists. Repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” will reduce the need to grant felony waivers.” (SOURCE)

SO WHAT CAN YOU DO?!

Watch the video below, provided by Lady Gaga, and call your senator NOW!!!!

I am unfortunately not able to call my senators due to my geographic location and absurd international calling rates, but I HAVE enlisted a friend to call on my behalf. I have also emailed my senators, David Vitter and Mary Landrieu, and posted on Facebook and Twitter (reaching approximately 1,500 people) to call or email in support of the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

I’m attempting to do my part the best way I know, and your help would be much appreciated by myself and millions around our country!

Click HERE to see how you can contact your senators and help end this inequality!!!

You can also call the Congressional switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your senator’s office. If they are not available, please ask to talk to one of their staff members or leave them a message in the hopes they listen to their constituents.

CALL: (202) 224-3121

Thank you.

– Ross

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