Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Veterans to Lobby for Repeal of DADT

In a move coordinated by Servicemembers United and the Human Rights Campaign, military veterans will converge on Washington D.C. on May 11-12 to lobby Congress and the White House for the repeal of DADT. On May 10, 125 veterans will participate in a meeting with the White House, and another 40 will participate in a meeting with the Pentagon (no word, it seems, on who from the White House or the Pentagon will be attending those meetings). Towleroad notes reactions in support of and against the move. The Advocate's coverage of the announcement is here.

Interestingly, The Advocate tags this as lobbying by gay veterans, while Towleroad doesn't specify whether the event is targeted toward LGBT veterans. The Veterans Lobby Day homepage and event announcement, which includes a link to an RSVP form for those wishing to participate, don't seem to specify either. The RSVP form for the May 10 meetings, however, notes that for the Pentagon meeting "the Comprehensive Review Working Group on DADT is interested in meeting with a diverse group of gay, lesbian, and bisexual veterans as part of its ongoing work to evaluate repeal implementation strategies and the effect of repeal on the force. Please ensure that you fit this criteria if you would like to attend this very important meeting." No such disclaimer appears for the White House meeting.

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