Getting word that House Democrats, led by the three openly gay members (Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin and Jared Polis) will be sending a letter to the President urging him not to appeal the recent decision that found DADT is unconstitutional. The letter is being circulated now for additional signatures. I got an early version, which reads in part:
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.
Look forward to seeing and posting the final version of this letter. And, I hope and expect a lot of our supporters in the House will sign on. It will show who are friends really are.
In the Senate, our allies, Mark Udall (D-CO) and Gillibrand (D-NY), started this “Don’t Appeal” strategy rolling on Capitol Hill last week.
Let’s hope someone at the White House and at DOJ (for example the so-called LGBT liaison Matt Nosanchuk) are paying attention.
The DOJ is supposed to file a response to LCR’s proposed injunction with Judge Phillips tomorrow. That should give us an indication of DOJ’s strategy moving forward.
If DOJ pursues an appeal, Obama’s administration will be defending the constitutionality of DADT and DOMA in court — right smack in the middle of his reelection campaign. Perhaps Jim Messina should think about how that will affect their LGBT outreach.