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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Mr President Keep Your Promise (SLDN)

There is a time and place for everything.

Now is the time and place for you -- and us -- to encourage President Obama to speak out on "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Today, we would like our friends and supporters to help us kick off a campaign.

As a candidate, Barack Obama promised to get rid of the law. And the promise is right there on the White House website:
"President Obama agrees with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalikashvili and other military experts that we need to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. ...The president will work with military leaders to repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national defense goals."
Now is the time, even with a full plate, for the president to act.

SLDN is launching a major offensive next week to urge the president to begin speaking out against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

The logical place and time for presidential leadership on this issue is next month, when President Obama sends his defense budget to Congress. President Obama should cut "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" from his budget. It costs money to fire and replace discharged service members.

If the president passes up this opportunity, he will be effectively approving -- on his watch -- the firing of gays and lesbians from the military. "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" will then become his law, his albatross.

Begin spreading the word this week by calling the White House switchboard at 202-456-1414. Tell the president to:
Uphold his campaign promise to kill "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Stop the firing of service members because of sexual orientation
Speak up and tell Congress to repeal the law -- so our military can retain the best and brightest to fight and win this nation's wars
This president is receptive to what you have to say. The louder our voices, the more likely the administration will be to hear our message.

With your help today and tomorrow, combined with our campaign next week, we're sure everyone at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will hear us loud and clear by the end of next week.

Thank you,

Aubrey Sarvis
Executive Director
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network