Sunday, July 12, 2009

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) helps lead fight to repeal "don't ask don't tell" in Congress

Today, Sunday, July 12, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviewed Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-PA) about ending “don’ ask don’t tell”. Murphy pointed out that about 13000 servicemembers have been “fired” (as SLDN terms it) since the DADT law was passed at the end of 1993. He says he served in Iraq himself in the military in the 2nd Airborne, and said that younger servicemembers are not distracted by the idea of gays in the ranks (in response to Blitzer’s question about unit cohesion).

He said that President Obama has been speaking to the Defense Secreatary and joint chiefs quietly about the problem, resulting in interim steps like dealing with the forced outing issue. But he said that Obama is mindful that Congress did pass the 1993 law, and is working with Congress quietly to get the votes to overturn it.

Rep. Murphy has a story about DADT on his own website, “Rep. Patrick Murphy, Veterans Announce Efforts to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Congressman Takes Lead on H.R. 1283, Military Readiness Enhancement Act, to Overturn Policy", link here.

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