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Lieberman Introduces Senate DADT Repeal Bill; House Hearing Begins Shortly

photo copyright Louie Palu/Zuma Press/HRC Repeal DADT logo-white-600Today Connecticut's Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman announced the introduction of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 in the U.S. Senate -- a bill that would repeal the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) law that prohibits lesbians and gays from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Forces.  Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA), an Iraq War veteran and a former paratrooper in the U.S. Army's elite 82nd Airborne Division, is the lead sponsor of similar legislation in the U.S House of Representatives.  Kerry Eleveld at the Advocate has more on the bill. Said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese:

“By introducing the first bill to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in the Senate, Senator Lieberman is continuing the momentum to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ this year. His introduction of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 is a bold, patriotic move that will long be remembered as key to removing the stain of the discriminatory ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law from the U.S. code.  Over the last few weeks, military leaders have made it clear that repeal of the failed ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law must happen.  As a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and an expert on national security, Senator Lieberman’s leadership in the fight to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is critical to achieving repeal this year.”

Also at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon, the House Armed Services Personnel Subcommittee will hold a hearing on DADT.  The live webcast is available from the Committee's website and we'll bring you a full wrap-up here after it concludes. Tomorrow hundreds of Human Rights Campaign volunteers will be in Washington, DC meeting with their members of Congress to tell them it’s time to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” pass ENDA and take action on a number of other priorities for the LGBT community. We’re holding a virtual lobby day to coincide with the meetings taking place on Capitol Hill.  All it takes is a few minutes and you can play a critical role in ending the DADT law that forces brave men and women to lie while defending our country.  Sign our petition at www.hrc.org/RepealDADT and we'll send you information tomorrow morning about how to join in.

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