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Sestak Calls for Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (Chair of Hillary's Vet Committee in PA)
PR Newswire ^ | 5/5/08 | SLDN

Posted on 05/06/2008 1:13:12 PM PDT by americaprd

Philadelphia Congressman Among 17 Veterans Co-Sponsoring Repeal Legislation

WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Joe Sestak (D-PA), the highest ranking military veteran in Congress, on Saturday urged fellow lawmakers to join him in repealing the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law banning lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel from serving openly in the military. Sestak, who had served as a three-star Admiral and who spent thirty-one years in the Navy is one of seventeen veterans in Congress who are co-sponsors of legislation to lift the ban on openly gay service. Sestak's remarks came before a panel discussion hosted by Equality Forum on the topic of congressional developments in the movement to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"Veterans like Admiral Sestak, who have dedicated their lives to serving this country, are leading the movement in Congress to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell," said Aubrey Sarvis, executive director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). "These lawmakers agree with senior military officers, including former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff John Shalishkashvili and retired Army Major General Vance Coleman, that when it comes to defusing IEDs, tending to injured troops, deciphering enemy codes and flying reconnaissance missions -- sexual orientation is irrelevant. Seventy-nine percent of the American people agree with them and it is time that Congress finally repeal this law."

"It is easy for me to see why 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' should be repealed," said Sestak. "Once you have served in war and faced danger with a gay service member, how can you come home and say gay people should not enjoy equal rights? It is simple. 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' must be repealed."

The Military Readiness Enhancement Act (H.R. 1246), which would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and allow lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel to serve openly, is currently cosponsored by 142 Members of Congress, including veterans Peter DeFazio (D-OR), William Delahunt (D-MA), John Dingell (D-MI), Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), Phil Hare (D-IL), Maurice Hinchey(D-NY), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Patrick Murphy (D-PA), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Bobby Rush (D-IL), Jose Serrano (D-NY), Joe Sestak (D-PA), Pete Stark (D-CA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), Edolphus Towns (D-NY). For more information on the legislation and "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," visit http://www.sldn.org.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is a national, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' and related forms of intolerance. For more information, visit http://www.sldn.org.

CONTACT: Victor Maldonado

(202) 328-3244, ext. 123

vmaldonado@sldn.org


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: gaysinthemilitary
Sestak co-chaired Hillary's Veterans Taks Force here in PA and has been widely reported in the local newspaper as one of her top choices for Secretary of Defense should she become President. Hopefully this guy loses his reelection bid this year.
1 posted on 05/06/2008 1:13:12 PM PDT by americaprd
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To: americaprd
We should have a separate force USHLC, would that make the fag Admiral happy.
2 posted on 05/06/2008 1:15:55 PM PDT by boomop1
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To: americaprd

What does “Openly Gay” mean?


3 posted on 05/06/2008 1:15:55 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: americaprd

This figures. He is one of Rahm Emanuel’s, “Rent a Vets” brought in, with great success to get votes from nitwits. Curt Weldon lost his seat to this one.


4 posted on 05/06/2008 1:16:22 PM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: americaprd

...Sestak, who had served as a three-star Admiral and who spent thirty-one years in the Navy...

Why am I not surprised?.........

5 posted on 05/06/2008 1:17:03 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we do have consensus.......)
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To: americaprd

Note that the one R on the list is Wayne Gilchrist, a sitting RINO recently retired in a primary by a real conservative.


6 posted on 05/06/2008 1:17:24 PM PDT by ConservativeMajority (If war isn't the answer, you're asking the wrong question.)
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To: americaprd
I can't be the only one who thinks of this when I hear this guy's name, can I?


7 posted on 05/06/2008 1:18:41 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket
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To: americaprd
This is the creep that defeated Curt Weldon, a fine congressman of long standing, thanks to the Bush admin's "October surprise" on Weldon. For those who don't remember, Weldon was responsible for helping blow the whistle on Able Danger.

We can thank the administration for Sestak.
8 posted on 05/06/2008 1:18:43 PM PDT by Antoninus (Siblings are the greatest gift parents give their children.)
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To: americaprd
Hmp. Why?

We now have the most kick ass military force in the entire world.
Is is that he rather wants a kiss ass military?

9 posted on 05/06/2008 1:18:52 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: americaprd

Between this guy and Wes Clark we need a “no stars for pooftas” policy .


10 posted on 05/06/2008 1:19:57 PM PDT by kbennkc (For those who have fought for it , freedom has a flavor the protected will never know)
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To: Antoninus

>We can thank the administration for Sestak.

Not to mention snarlin Arlen.


11 posted on 05/06/2008 1:20:13 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: So Cal Rocket

Hey, if you didn’t post it...

I was on my way to put one of those up.


12 posted on 05/06/2008 1:21:09 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: massgopguy
What does “Openly Gay” mean?

Harvey Firestein

13 posted on 05/06/2008 1:21:32 PM PDT by BubbaBasher (Without the 2nd amendment there would be no 1st amendment!)
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To: bill1952

In a word, yes.

Same reason leftists want a draft.

It would destroy the effectiveness of the military,
force people to do something they don’t choose to,
and make our country less likely to use military force in its own interests.

A triple header win for libs!


14 posted on 05/06/2008 1:22:46 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: Antoninus

Sestak’s got a vet running against him. He flew F-18s in the first Gulf War. More at www.craigwilliamsforcongress.com


15 posted on 05/06/2008 1:24:32 PM PDT by americaprd
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To: americaprd

We’re up against an enemy that is worldwide, wages war using human sacrifice, beheadings and other savagery, has already murdered over 3,000 of our countrymen, and this is what these putzes think is the most important thing we can do with our armed forces? What kind of morons keep voting them back into office?


16 posted on 05/06/2008 1:25:34 PM PDT by Dahoser (America's great untapped alternative energy source: The Founding Fathers spinning in their graves.)
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To: americaprd

Heck, there are plenty of gays that serve, especially the lesbians. These days, they don’t hide anything.


17 posted on 05/06/2008 1:26:30 PM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Typical white person, bitter, religious, gun owner, who will "Just say No to BO (or HRC).")
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To: americaprd

If they were to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ wouldn’t we just go back to ‘no gays allowed, open or not?’


18 posted on 05/06/2008 1:27:37 PM PDT by phrogphlyer
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To: americaprd; All

Support Craig Williams who is running against Sestak

Here’s his site: http://craigwilliamsforcongress.com/


19 posted on 05/06/2008 1:31:17 PM PDT by PurpleMan
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To: americaprd
79% agree with getting rid of the law but for multiple reasons. Most of that 79% probably believe it should be repealed because it's an open invitation for gays in the military to stay and they don't want gays in. The other group wants a military with gay openness therefor there's no reason for such a law.
20 posted on 05/06/2008 1:35:55 PM PDT by tobyhill (The media lies so much the truth is the exception)
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To: americaprd; All
Given that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" doesn't stop gays from helping out with the dirty work in the battlefield, Congressman Joe Sestak's logic is convoluted, in my opinion.

What am I overlooking?

Romans 1:25-27 tells us that same-sex sexual relationships are a consequence of idolatry. In other words, such relationships are a consequence of disobeying the 1ST COMMANDMENT, a major aspect of the GREATEST COMMANDMENT, to love the jealous God with all your being.

Homosexuals need to keep in mind, however, that the good news of the gospel is not about how God despises same-sex sexual relationships. In fact, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 indicates that certain members of that church had been slaves to such relationships but had been cleansed in Jesus' name. So these former homosexuals had evidently repented and accepted God's grace to straighten their lives out.

John 3:16
Revelation 3:20

21 posted on 05/06/2008 1:38:13 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: So Cal Rocket

Onwards! Rump Riders!


22 posted on 05/06/2008 1:40:49 PM PDT by brivette
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To: MrB

Bingo.
Now all we have to (keep doing) is call them out on the real reason.


23 posted on 05/06/2008 1:51:50 PM PDT by bill1952 (I will vote for McCain if he resigns his Senate seat before this election.)
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To: americaprd

My dissertation advisor was a man of the left in most things, but on this issue, he would always ask the question: “Would you want to serve on a submarine with one [a gay man]?” This inevitably obliged the person suggesting that homosexuality would not create morale problems to change the subject, or stammer something incoherent.

Maybe he’ll raise the matter with Congressman Sestak sometime. (We both know his sister—she was the business administrator for the Penn math dept for years—and my advisor was a big-wig in the ‘reform’= anti-Rizzo Democrats in Philly.)


24 posted on 05/06/2008 2:07:23 PM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: The_Reader_David

Good point. I was on anuclear sub for 6 years. The thought of an openly gay serving on board is/was abhorent to me.


25 posted on 05/06/2008 2:10:26 PM PDT by brivette
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