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DADT Repeal Organizing in Maine

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Rep. Mike Michaud with HRC's Jeremy Kennedy This past weekend, I traveled to Portland for the 26th Annual Equality Maine Awards Banquet. After spending 9 months working on the successful and historic marriage equality legislative campaign and experiencing the heartbreaking loss of the referendum campaign, it was a wonderful evening celebrating with all the wonderful people who are tirelessly devoted to making strides for equality in Maine. At the banquet, I talked to attendees about the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” They lined up to sign postcards to Senators Collins and Snowe asking them to vote to repeal this discriminatory and harmful law. Rep. Chellie Pingree with Kennedy Congresswoman Chellie Pingree and Congressman Mike Michaud (both cosponsors of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act which will repeal DADT) were on hand to talk about the importance of passing pro-LGBT legislation at the federal level. They spoke strongly, saying that Congress must move to repeal DADT- “not tomorrow, not next year, NOW!” Across the country, legislators need to hear your voice. As they return home this week, to their districts, for the spring Congressional recess, greet them with letters, calls, and in-person visits. Tell them that on the battlefield it does not matter whether a soldier is lesbian, gay, or straight -- what matters is that a soldier gets the job done. The DADT law keeps them from doing their job and hurts national security. Go to www.hrc.org/repealDADT to learn how to take action for the repeal of DADT!

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