27 May

Family Research Council and Sen. John McCain

Courage Campaign

Dear The McGlynn

Today, the Senate Armed Services Committee could make history.

Behind the leadership of Chairman Carl Levin, the Senate committee is on the verge of passing an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would remove “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” from federal statute and set the stage for eventual repeal.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that this is far, far, far from over.

Roll Call is reporting that Sen. John McCain will “without a doubt” support an unprecedented filibuster of the entire defense budget to stop the repeal of DADT if the bill comes to the floor of the full Senate.

It gets worse. According to the New York Times, McCain also solicited letters from the Joint Chiefs of Staff — the chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines — that object to the repeal amendment supported by President Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Mike Mullen.

McCain’s shocking obstructionism is being amplified by the right-wing Family Research Council, which released a video on Wednesday attempting to drive a wedge between the Joint Chiefs and the President, claiming Obama is trying to “force open homosexuality on the military.”
We’ve been organizing against DADT for months — and we will continue to organize against it for many more months until it’s dead and buried.
For good.

Fortunately, we’ve got an equality army ready to go to battle. To date, 280,192 Americans have taken action on DADT through the Courage Campaign. Just this week, thousands more called Congress and more than 15,000 Courage and DFA members committed to hand-delivering Gov. Howard Dean’s open letter — signed by nearly 100,000 Americans — to Senate offices in all 50 states.

Two weeks ago, the chances of repeal this year looked slim to none. But because of your relentless activism — and the people power fueled by more than 30 organizations working to repeal DADT — the Senate Armed Services Committee is on the verge of passing this historic amendment today.

Now John McCain and the extremist Family Research Council are vowing to stop at nothing to crush this movement — even though a new CNN poll shows 78% of Americans support gays and lesbians serving openly in the military. Only you can help us defeat them. Please make a contribution of whatever amount you can afford now to help us fight back:

Thank you for fighting back today. We can’t do this without you.

Rick Jacobs
Chair, Courage Campaign

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