Sen. Webb, It’s Time to End “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

Sen. Webb, It’s Time to End “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”

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It looks like it’s time to call Sen. Webb’s office.

The Senate is planning to vote Tuesday on whether to end debate on a $725.7 billion annual defense policy bill, a measure that includes a repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, which bans gays from serving openly in the armed forces.

The vote is expected to be close but is almost certain to pass if Democrats can break a Republican-led filibuster

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…Attention is focused on a handful of moderate senators, including Susan Collins (R-Maine), George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) and James Webb (D-Va.).

Look, this policy was a bad idea even when it was first put in place, in 1994. At least back then, there was a semi-plausible excuse, that the public wasn’t ready to go any further. Well, that’s not true today, not in the least bit. To the contrary, a recent CBS/New York Times poll found that 75% of Americans favor “permitting gay men and lesbians to serve in the military,” with just 19% opposed to doing so.  That’s a huge, overwhelming majority of Americans for doing the morally correct, military smart, and progressive thing on this one. If you’re one of those 75%, call Sen. Webb’s office (202-224-4024 or 1-866-507-1570), tell him you want an end to this policy, and tell him you want it now! Thanks.

  • http://thegreenmiles.blogspot.com TheGreenMiles

    Why do we always have to beg Jim Webb to do the right thing?  

  • VADEM

    AP) – President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the Marine Corps says he doesn’t think Congress should lift the ban on gay troops who want to serve openly.

    And he’s saying this the day BEFORE this crucial vote.

    The WH is tone deaf and clueless.

  • The Donkey

    A good stunt by some sympathetic servicemembers.

    http://www.metroweekly.com/new

  • http://thegreenmiles.blogspot.com TheGreenMiles
  • linda b

    who are these people that are going to stay home on election day?

    If you do then I don’t think you care about the Democratic Party or our country. Yes that is the truth.

    I am sick of the petty rants about “obama didn’t do what I want”. Well maybe if you hold your breath for five minutes he will.

    He is the President of all the people. All the people may not agree with what YOU want.

    So stop whining and get out there and canvass and make phone calls.

    Then  you can complain.

  • http://thegreenmiles.blogspot.com TheGreenMiles

    Just tried calling 3 times — mailbox to leave a message full, line to talk to a staffer busy all 3 times. If you’re having the same experience, try calling his regional office:

    http://webb.senate.gov/aboutvi

  • Elaine in Roanoke
  • gunny8511

    I am tired of most of you people whom have never been in the military to demand things that you had to knowledge of. The purpose of the military is to win wars and I beleive that we are doing a good job of that. The Marine Corps and probably other services are not equipped to handle homosexual and transgender serving in military. The policy now is that they can serve. Sen Lieberman said today on Senate floor that 14000 homosexual have been discharged since ?????? not sure I do know that only .03 have been discharged since 1994. Military time did a survey and 10%- 14% said that they would leave if DADT was repealed. That would be app. 200,000.When Pastor Jones of Florida was going to burn the Koran we had Gen Petarus pley not to because it would put soldiers in harm way. These crountries kill homosexual would it not be an incentive to kill our soilders if they thought they were homosexual. Bottom line don’t to change social behavior using the military.

    Semper Fi

    Gunny

  • KathyinBlacksburg
    • http://www.bluevirginia.us lowkell

      I strongly urge Democrats NOT – repeat, NOT!!! – to stay home this November.  If you do, that will simply turn Congress over to a bunch of right-wing lunatics. How will that help anything?