SLDN decries last minute GOP “Hail Mary” to prevent repeal of DADT

Surprise! SLDN is reporting a letter has been filed by GOP House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Rep. Joe “You lie!” Wilson (R-SC) asking for a delay of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repeal, set for September 20, 2011:

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) Today, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) released the following statement in response to a letter issued by House Armed Services Committee (HASC) Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) asking for a delay of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) repeal, set for September 20, 2011:

“This is another example of the hardcore opposition attempting to delay or undo ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal. I expect they will continue to look for openings to deny gay and lesbian service members the same rights and dignity as their straight counterparts,” said Army veteran and SLDN Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis. “On the substance, Mr. McKeon and Mr. Wilson are simply wrong. The statute only requires that the new regulations be prepared – not issued – before certification.”

You’d think conservative Republicans would be putting all their time and energy into trying to recover from the economic disaster caused by deregulation and the unpaid-for wars of the Bush years. But no, they’d rather pick on patriotic American gays and lesbians serving in our armed forces.

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