FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 10th, 2010
Brad Luna — 202/812.8140 (cell) or firstname.lastname@example.org
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Repeal Advocates to Rally at 2pm (ET) TODAY
Outside the White House
GetEQUAL, Local DC Organizers Demand President Obama’s Dept. of Justice Not Appeal Federal Judge’s Ruling that Discriminatory Military Law is Unconstitutional
WASHINGTON – Today at 2pm (ET), GetEQUAL, a direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization will hold a rally outside the White House demanding that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder instruct the Department of Justice to not appeal a ruling late yesterday that the military’s discriminatory “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law is unconstitutional. The rally will also focus on urging Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Majority Leader of the United States Senate, to immediately bring up the Defense Authorization Act, which contains language that would start the process of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
WHAT: Rally Demanding Dept of Justice not Appeal Federal Court Ruling Finding “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” Unconstitutional; Urge Senate to Immediately Pass the Defense Authorization Act
WHEN: TODAY, Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 2pm (ET)
WHERE: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC (North side, nearest Lafayette Park)
WHO: GetEQUAL, Iraq Veterans Against War and local DC advocates supporting repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”
Last night, after the ruling, GetEQUAL issued the following statement:
“A debt of gratitude, on behalf of the entire American public, goes to the Log Cabin Republicans and to Servicemembers United’s executive director and former U.S. Army interrogator, Alex Nicholson, for their perseverance in bringing this case forward.
We agree with Judge Phillips that this policy is not only discriminatory at its root, but it also impedes the effectiveness and readiness of the United States Armed Forces and is both immoral and unjust.
This is the moment of truth for President Obama and his administration. It would be a travesty for the President’s own Department of Justice to move forward with appealing this case. The LGBT community has been asking the President to stand up and offer real leadership on the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and now is the time for President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to take this opportunity to act on the right side of history and ensure that this ruling is carried out swiftly, fully, and justly.
We urge President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder to act in accordance with nearly 80 percent of the American people, distinguished military leaders, active-duty servicemembers, and courageous veterans to ensure that this ruling is carried out immediately. We also urge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to take this ruling into the chambers of Congress next week and schedule a vote as soon as possible in order to continue the process of ushering this discriminatory law into the history books where it belongs.”
GetEQUAL is a national, direct action lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization. Emphasizing direct action and people power, the mission of GetEQUAL is to empower the LGBT community and its allies to take action to demand full legal and social equality, and to hold accountable those who stand in the way. For more information on GetEQUAL, please visit: http://www.getequal.org. You can follow GetEQUAL on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/getequal, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GetEQUAL, or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/getequal.