Stand with Honor Campaign
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Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan will have the ability to majorly influence the Military Readiness Enhancement Act when it comes up for a vote.
Hagan has said she believes “anyone willing and able to serve ought to be able to do so.” Therefore she should definitely support such a bill, which would not allow discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Burr said he is in favor of whatever best serves the military. Obviously discharging 13,500 soldiers from the military would not best serve the military or national security.
Despite Burr’s support of our nation’s military, he 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 our military.
Throughout March, community members across the Triangle and students at NC State, UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke will engage community members and collect 13,500 plastic toy soldiers for each senator (27,000 total), each representing the true American patriots who heard the call to duty but were discharged simply because they are gay. Repealing DADT is just one step our elected leaders can take in their commitment to keep our nation strong and safe. We call on Richard Burr and Kay Hagan to co-sponsor the Military Readiness Enhancement Act today and support the repeal of this wasteful and damaging policy.
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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.