Today I submitted the following resolution to the Young Democrats of America for consideration by the National Committee in Houston.
The Young Democrats of America:
WHEREAS the current “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is a form of government sponsored discrimination against gay and lesbian citizens;
DEEPLY REGRETTING that openly gay and lesbian Americans are unable to serve their country, despite qualifications and skills desperately needed in the United States armed forces;
TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION the courageous gay and lesbian Americans such as Jay Hatheway, Leonard Matlovich, Miriam Ben-Shalom, Perry Watkins, Jim Woodward, Paul Thomasson, and Sandy Tsao who have fought for decades to end this policy, sacrificing their careers, their livelihoods, and even their safety for the cause of equality;
NOTING WITH DEEP CONCERN that Lt. Dan Choi, an Army officer, West Point graduate, and Arabic linguist, has been discharged from the Army solely for his sexuality, despite the shortage of servicemembers with his skills;
FURTHER NOTING that the majority of American citizens believe that it is time to end this antiquated and unjust policy;
EMPHASIZING that President Barack Obama pledged to repeal the military ban during the 2008 presidential campaign;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Young Democrats of America encourages President Obama and Congress to repeal the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and allow gay and lesbians to serve openly in the military;
FURTHER RESOLVED that the Young Democrats of America will send a copy of this resolution to President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.