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Human Rights Campaign: 'Outrage! Republicans block ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell'' repeal!'

Letter this afternoon from Human Rights Campaign:

Dear friend,


Just moments ago, Senate Republicans blocked the bill that contains the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" from even receiving an up-or-down vote. Not a single one broke ranks.

It's an outrage. But this doesn't mean the fight is over. Senate majority leader Harry Reid has committed to bringing the bill back up after the November elections – and we'll have a fighting chance to get it passed then – so we'll put everything we have into that effort.

In the meantime, we need to pursue every possible avenue to get rid of this law. And the Justice Department may be our best hope.

Here's why: A federal district court recently ruled that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is unconstitutional. Now, the Justice Department has a choice: they can fight the decision, or they can let it stand and bring "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" one step closer to the dustbin of history.

Add your name to our open letter asking the Justice Department NOT to fight this landmark court decision. Then spread the word to your friends and contacts.

Today's move by Senate Republicans is an outrage. Not a single Republican senator was willing to even begin debate on this important legislation, which includes a pay raise for our service members.

But we've faced setbacks before, and this is not the end of the road. We'll keep our efforts at full steam as we prepare for another showdown in the Senate after the election.

And if Attorney General Eric Holder agrees not to appeal the recent court decision, discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" could become a relic of the past.

We need to make sure the Attorney General gets the message: he may very well be our best hope to bring about the repeal of this discriminatory law.

Add your name to our open letter.

Then spread the word by email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Thanks for your help. Together, we can and we will end this law once and for all.


Joe Solmonese
Joe Solmonese


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