Sunday, April 03, 2011
Arlington VA Unitarian church hosts celebration of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" repeal -- but it could still slip away
On Sunday, April 3, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington and SLDN (Servicemembers Legal Defense Network) hosted “A Celebration of the Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’” at 4 PM. The service was a mock funeral with a burial of the scroll of the litany of the 1993 law. Since I missed the anniversary dinner (March 20 here), this was my "make-up event".
On Friday, April 1, SLDN attended an oversight hearing of the certification process, which it reported on here.
Chris Johnson has reported in the Washington Blade that the repeal could be certified by mid-summer, link here.
Three servicemembers gave perspectives on the repeal. Joan Darrah (Capt, USN, ret, almost 30 years service) led off with a story of how she was in a briefing room in the Pentagon seven minutes before it was destroyed on September 11, 2001. This is the stuff of movies (one of my screenplay scripts “American Epic” explores an idea similar to this).
Mile Rankin (also, Capt, USN ret) followed, and then Julie Hawkins spoke about her discharge in 1993 after a witch-hunt in Hawaii outed her (shortly before President Clinton announced “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue”). She spoke about how a recent male Annapolis graduate and only an ensign conducted her investigation.
The music for the event will be covered on my “drama” blog today shortly.