TAKE ACTION: Another DADT discharge? Sailor needs your help asap

Robin McGehee of GetEQUAL and I just sent out the following joint action alert to our email lists. This servicemember, Derek Morado, is having his DADT discharge hearing tomorrow, Thursday March 31. It’s absurd that the Pentagon is proceeding with DADT discharges even after the President signed the repeal legislation. But here we are.

GetEqual and AMERICAblog will be providing Derek a list of everyone who signs our petition on his behalf, he’ll then take those names into the hearing with him. Please help if you can, and thanks. Here’s our alert, with more information:

When President Obama signed the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act of 2010” last December, we thought the discharges were over.

Sadly, we thought wrong.

GetEQUAL was recently contacted by an active-duty servicemember named Derek, who earlier this month found out that the Pentagon is still proceeding with his discharge, and his hearing — behind closed doors — is scheduled for tomorrow, March 31.

Click here to show your support for Derek, and to help him fight back against his discharge — Derek will bring your names with him to the hearing, and we’ll highlight the support in the media to up the pressure!

Derek joined the Navy right after high school — here are his own words:

This lengthy matter has been tearing me up; it has destroyed relationships and displaced loved ones who were relying on me. But even after the U.S. Government has made it clear they don’t want this law in effect the Navy has said that, because the paperwork has been submitted and the policy is technically still active, they have no choice but to continue.

I have been in the U.S. Navy since I graduated high school. It’s all I know and all I want to do. I have dreams of grandeur, hopes of retiring a young, highly-decorated, respected senior enlisted sailor. My resolve is weakened but not broken. I just have to place my fate in the hands of three strangers — strangers who I hope have strong moral convictions and like-minded sentiments to my own.

Click here to add your name to the list of supporters Derek will take into his hearing with him.

We’ll be sure to report back on how the hearing went, and the impact your names had.

John Aravosis, Editor of AMERICAblog
Robin McGehee, Director of GetEQUAL

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