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From the Midwest to the Southwest, Repealing DADT

This morning, veterans and allies in Indiana and Nevada spoke with their Senators urging them to support the National Defense Authorization Act. The Act passed the Senate Armed Services Committee last month and contains language that would repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the discriminatory law that bans lesbians and gays from serving openly in the military. Last month, Senator Bayh of Indiana voted in favor of repeal in the SASC. We are hopeful that Senator Lugar would join him and do the right thing by voting in favor of repeal when the bill reaches the Senate floor. Today’s meeting with Sen. Lugar’s office was productive and very useful for the senator. With several Hoosier veterans on hand, each gave their experiences under DADT and how the law needs to be repealed. After mobilizing veterans and allies in the state for the past several months, we built up a great network of vets and allies that are dedicated to making sure repeal happens this year. I am confident that our continued work will make this happen. Out in the southwest, several veterans and allies met with Senator Ensign’s office urging him to join the Senate Majority Leader in supporting DADT repeal. Senator Reid has been very supportive of the community and we are urging Sen. Ensign to follow Sen. Reid’s lead by voting in favor of repeal this year. We’ll be continuing our efforts in both Indiana and Nevada working to repeal DADT this year. If you would like to get involved, sign up here.

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