March on Myrick Campaign
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U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick (NC-09) has a strong record of support for our military and she’s continually raised her voice on issues of military readiness, intelligence strategy, national security and terrorism.
“We owe a great debt of gratitude to our veterans,” Myrick states on her campaign website. “Freedom isn’t free, and no one knows that better than those who have sacrificed for our nation.”
Despite her strong support of our nation’s military and her clearly stated, proud support of its veterans, Myrick has yet to speak out on behalf of the thousands of gay and lesbian service members and veterans victimized by the anti-gay “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) policy, the law banning the open military service of LGBT citizens. The U.S. military has discharged more than 13,500 gay and lesbian service members since DADT’s implementation in 1994. Among the thousands booted from their honorable and courageous service were more than 800 mission-critical troops. In the past five years, the military has discharged at least 59 Arabic and Farsi linguists. Further, our government has wasted more than $360 million enforcing the law, critical funds that could have been used to support rather than undermine our military readiness. The facts point to only one conclusion: DADT is a threat to national security.
Throughout March, CRANE will engage community members and collect 13,500 plastic toy soldiers, each representing the true American patriots who heard the call to duty but were turned away simply because they are gay. In April, these 13,500 soldiers will march on Myrick as we personally deliver them to her with a clear message: Only a fool would stand in the way of supporting our troops, military readiness and national security. Repealing DADT is just one step our elected leaders can take in their commitment to keep our nation strong and safe. We call on Sue Myrick to co-sponsor the Military Readiness Enhancement Act today and support the repeal of this wasteful and damaging policy.
Note: Donations/contributions to CRANE or other organizing groups represented on this website are not tax-deductible. Any funds donated will be used to support the March on Myrick/Stand With Honor/March on McINtyre Campaigns, purchase toy soldiers and deliver them to Washington, D.C. Any funds left over will be donated to Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and Servicemembers United.