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Vets Bring DADT Repeal Battle to Dick Lugar’s Desk

The following post comes from HRC Field Organizer Brian Griffin: This week in Indiana, veterans and HRC volunteers held an in-district meeting with Senator Lugar’s Indianapolis office to advocate for the repeal of the military's discriminatory "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy this year. Present at this meeting were three new veterans: Jamie, Dennis Lewendowski, and Tina Cress. Senator Lugar’s state director Lesley Reser and his in-state military affairs director Emmy Huffman joined us in person, while the Senator's military affairs director, Joe O'Donnell, was on the phone from Washington, DC. After sharing our stories with Lesley, Emmy, and Joe, we followed up on our last correspondence via conference call with Joe. He is still in the process of reading over the information he asked from us, but this time he had some news for us. While sticking with the message that Senator Lugar is undecided and probably won’t know what kind of vote he will cast until more amendments have been proposed, Joe said Senator Lugar will not support any “frivolous” amendment blocking the National Defense Authorization Act just because other Republican Senators find themselves at fault with allowing gay Americans to serve our country. With that, we are continuing our work here in the state. We delivered a stack of hand-written letters that we have collected over the last couple weeks and promised more office visits and phone calls to let Senator Lugar know Hoosiers support the repeal of DADT this year.

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