I was pleasantly surprised to hear that Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Lexington) would allow the Military Readiness Enhancement Act come up for a vote before the full House Armed Services Committee. (Skelton chairs the committee.) If passed, the bill would repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule, which bans lesbian, gay, and transgender Americans from serving their country in the military openly with honor. The bill’s lead sponsor is Rep. Patrick Murphy, the first Iraq War vet to be elected to Congress.
Rep. Murphy has launched a website called LetThemServe.com will be participating on a national tour that will be stopping in Kansas City. The website is a hub for soldiers and civilians to share their reasons for passing the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” rule.
From Rep. Murphy’s interview with The Advocate, something I didn’t know:
The fact that we’ve let go over 13,000 troops since it’s been implemented and over 65 Arabic translators — that’s over three combat brigades that we’ve let go. When we’re fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, we need every qualified, able-bodied individual to serve.
Three combat brigades just let go from the military… and 65 Arabic translators!! It is beyond contempt to bar Americans from serving honorably, purely based on prejudice, at any time, let alone at a time when we relaxed standards to do anything we could to keep up with recruiting goals.