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Oklahoma’s DADT Bill Introduced

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

The archaic legislation aimed at essentially reinstating the discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy in the Oklahoma National Guard was introduced this week and has been assigned to the House Veterans and Military Affairs Committee. There’s no word yet on when the committee will consider the legislation.

The Equality Network (TEN) has listed contact information for members of the committee. You also can contact the legislation’s architect, State Rep. Mike Reynolds (R-Oklahoma City), and tell him that the bill is outdated and actually stands to weaken the state’s National Guard.

We first told you about this story last month, when Rep. Reynolds announced the legislation. The bill is even more extreme than the federal version of DADT - it would bar gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals from serving in the Oklahoma National Guard and also allow government officials to directly question someone about their sexual orientation – essentially removing the “Don’t Ask” component contained in DADT.

This isn’t the only anti-LGBT legislation Rep. Reynolds is pushing. According to TEN, he also has introduced HB2245 – legislation that would prevent municipalities from adopting nondiscrimination policies that exceed the protections offered to state employees. The catch? In Oklahoma, LGBT state employees have no nondiscrimination protections in the workplace.

Act now to tell Rep. Reynolds that his bigoted views are unacceptable.

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