On Wednesday, we reported that House members, led by Reps. Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis, were going to send a letter to the President, urging him not to appeal the decision finding DADT unconstitutional.
That letter has been sent with signatures from 69 Democratic members of the House. That’s impressive and sends a powerful message to Obama.
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Here again are the key paragraphs:
Mr. President, in this critical time when military readiness is paramount we must recognize the importance of every linguist, flight nurse and infantryman. As you announced our official end of combat operations in Iraq we must prepare for what is to come. To stay above the rest, to remain the most formidable military force in the world, we must innovate, change and grow. As we update our weaponry and strategy, so too must we open our policy to encourage as much cohesiveness and camaraderie as possible. In the military where lives rely on trust and determination, DADT represents neither.
We consider this matter a top priority to our service members, the American people and the security of the United States. We acknowledge and appreciate your support and hope that together we can end this dishonorable policy once and for all. We hope that you, as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Services, will take this opportunity to restore integrity to our military and decline to appeal Judge Phillips’ ruling.
Pam Spaulding posted the letter at scribd.com:
9-23 DADT Appeal Letter http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf