I have praised John Aravosis before for leading the boycott of the Democratic National Committee in order to spur the White House to act on gay issues. Now, he’s doing something else I support, asking people to “contact the Human Rights Campaign on behalf of the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell‘”:
Publicly demand that President Obama take the lead in getting DADT repealed this year.
1) That means the President needs to state publicly that he wants Congress to repeal DADT this year; and
2) The President needs to take the lead in working with Congress to make sure the repeal happens.
If you’re a member or donor to HRC, tell them, and ask to speak to Members Services:
HRC Front Desk: (202) 628-4160
TTY: (202) 216-1572
Toll-Free: (800) 777-4723
HRC Web site comment page.
Given HRC’s resources, this appears to be a smart move, having the well-funded Washington group deploy on behalf of DADT repeal. That said, I wonder at the competence of their officials. The folks at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) have shown a much better understanding of the way Washington works.
That said, if HRC could direct their efforts toward DADT repeal, it could make a difference.