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A Big Day for Ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”

This morning, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Michael Mullen appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee to discuss the Department's FY11 budget.  Following three hours of budget testimony, the committee will turn its attention to the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) law specifically at noon for an hour with the pair.  We'll be covering the hearing on Twitter (@HRCBackStory with the #DADT hashtag) and posting a wrap-up here this afternoon.  Watch online via the Committee's website. In anticipation of the hearing, HRC launched a national action alert urging our members to contact their representatives in Congress and tell them the time is NOW to repeal the DADT law. As this process unfolds, it's critical that we keep the pressure on. In other DADT news, late last week Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif., announced that the House Armed Services Personnel subcommittee will hold another hearing on the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" law on March 3. It will be a follow up to the hearing held by Davis’s subcommittee in 2008. For more background on efforts to repeal the failed DADT law, see the New York Times story "Forces Pushing Obama on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’" and today's Washington Post editorial arguing for repeal. Join the fight for open service by taking action at www.hrc.org/VoicesOfHonor.

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