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Wheels in Motion on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal

Following President Obama's call to end the failed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) law in Wednesday's State of the Union address, the Human Rights Campaign began rolling out a comprehensive "Voices of Honor" campaign aimed at garnering support for repeal that included a nationwide alert allowing our members and supporters to take action.  The campaign will be at least a $2 million effort and will also include leadership by Elmendorf Strategies -- a respected public affairs firm with decades of experience in public policy debates. Now the wheels are in motion for what will be a multi-stage process to make the President's pledge a reality. Yesterday the Senate Armed Services Committee, Chaired by Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich, announced that there will be a hearing with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Michael Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff on DADT next Tuesday, February 2nd.  The hearing will begin with a discussion of the Department of Defense budget and end with testimony on DADT. Visit our "Voices of Honor" site to take action, learn more and check back here regularly for updates.

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