Executive Director, Equality Florida
Historic legislation to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. All eyes will now be on the Senate Armed Services Committee, of which Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is a member. This small group of Senators on the Armed Services Committee could determine whether we get a repeal this year, or not.
Click here to sign on to our letter urging Sen. Bill Nelson to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Here at home, nine members of Florida's congressional delegation ranging from Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Miami) to Democrat Kathy Castor (Tampa) have co-sponsored this historic legislation. As the legislative session kicked off in Tallahassee, Rep. Rick Kriseman filed a bill urging Congress and the President to repeal the archaic law. And thanks to the hard work of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network city governments, the latest being Lake Worth, are passing resolutions in support. Now, we need your help.
No other law mandates firing someone because they are gay, lesbian or bisexual. The 65,000 gay, lesbian and bisexual Americans currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and one million veterans, should not be treated as second class citizens.
Thank you in advance for your commitment to justice for every active duty military service member and veteran in the United States.
Yours in service,
Ron Bunting, US Navy (ret.)