NOTE: We've blown through our initial goal of 60 donors to his campaign - one for each Arabic language specialist discharged under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell". Nine additional co-sponsors have signed on to HR 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act since Congressman Murphy took the lead. We'd like 163 pro-equality Democrats to contribute to his campaign - as many donors as co-sponsors have signed on to the repeal bill - to show that when pro-equality Democrats stand for us, we'll stand with them.
Pro-equality Democratic Congressman and Iraq War Veteran Patrick Murphy is leading the charge on Capitol Hill to repeal the military's anti-gay "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
Stonewall Democrats asks you to consider a contribution of $50, $35, $25, $10 (or as little as $5) to support the re-election campaign of Congressman Murphy and to let him know how much we appreciate his leadership and that while he is fighting for equality for all Americans in Washington we've got his back in the upcoming mid-term elections. We need 60 pro-equality Americans - one contributor for every Arab linguist who has been removed for service under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - to stand with and pledge their support to help return Murphy to Congress in the upcoming mid-term elections.
As the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress, Congressman Murphy took on a leadership role in the debate on Iraq and Afghanistan. In his first month in Congress, Congressman Murphy introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007, with then Senator Barack Obama.
On July 8, 2009 Patrick Murphy become the official lead sponsor for H.R. 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, the Congressional effort to overturn the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.
Enacted in 1993, over 13,000 men and women in uniform have been discharged from the military under the policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, including 800 mission critical servicemembers such as medics, fighter pilots, and nearly 60 Arabic linguists. H.R. 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, would repeal the policy and allow Americans to serve their country openly, regardless of sexual orientation.
Here is a video clip of Congressman Murphy speaking passionately about support for a repeal of the military's discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy on the "The Rachel Maddow Show" (aired 7/8/09)
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