HRC Focuses on Seven Key States in Fight for DADT Repeal
December 14, 2010 by Carolyn Simon, Deputy Director of Digital Media
UPDATE: (12/16) Shortly after a stand-alone repeal bill passed the House last night; Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine added her name to the growing list of Republican Senators supporting repeal.
HRC is keeping up the fight as the momentum continues in favor of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Our repeal efforts have reached all corners of the country, but in the waning days of the lame duck Congress, we have focused closely on a handful of states, whose Senators are considered key votes for repeal. Those states are: Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, and West Virginia. HRC field staff has been on the ground in these states creating grassroots support for DADT repeal. We have mobilized veterans to speak out in favor of repeal, generated thousands of phone calls and written communications to Senators, and generated earned media.
This week we’ll be launching targeted action alerts to those states to generate even more grassroots contacts. Today Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Rep. Patrick Murphy, two champions of repeal, introduced a stand-alone repeal bill in the House on the heels of an identical bill introduced in the Senate by Sens. Lieberman and Collins last week. Our work isn’t over yet. We must make sure we have 60 votes in the Senate to move forward on debate of the bill and that House members know this is a priority for fair-minded Americans as well. Contact your Senators now and tell them to support repeal. If you live in one of the seven key states, send a message to your Senators here. Our voices are more important now than ever before.