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Tuesday, 16 November 2010 00:03

OutServe And Knights Out Choose To Devote To The Project Of The Defense Law More Than The Repeal Of DADT

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Two groups working on gay military rights announced in a statement that they would support the defense authorization act to the detriment of the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

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Politico reports that OutServeOutServe and Knights Out would support breaking off DADT repeal if doing so would help the defense authorization act pass."

On behalf of the more than 1,000 active duty gay and lesbian service members and 500 gay and lesbian veterans we represent, we respectfully urge Congress to pass the FY 2011 National Defense Authorization Act to fund the aircraft, weapons, combat vehicles, ammunition and promised pay-raises for all troops, whether or not the repeal of don't ask, don't tell is included,” the statement will say.

“To be clear, we will continue to fight for our integrity as gay and lesbian service members and we hope that legislative action in Congress can be taken in 2010 to lift the ban.”

     Alexander Nicholson of the Servicemembers United, a gay and lesbian pro-repeal group, immediately denounced the proposal by OutServe and Knights Out:

"It has been the position of the organizations that actually work on repealing 'don't ask, don't tell' to strongly oppose stripping the repeal language out of the defense authorization bill. That position has been based on the reality of the vote count, and those facts on the ground here in Washington have not changed. Servicemembers United, which is the nation's largest gay troop and veteran group by far, strongly agrees with the White House that stripping DADT out of NDAA is simply a nonstarter."

Should we worry about the bill of defense or focus on DADT?

I would choose the second option more.

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