Dear President Obama,
Please—love ALL of your neighbors, not just the straight ones. As a person of faith and as a seminarian training for the Unitarian Universalist ministry, I am demanding that you act as a leader to your people and model what truly loving behavior should look like.
Since the Senate won’t finish the job of repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the responsibility now falls to you. You have the power; you have the responsibility to use it.
This unjust law will not stand forever; I am asking you to be the one who is brave enough to take that first step towards justice, to end this legalized oppression, and to give our brave military troops the liberty that is their inalienable right as a human being.
You must not allow another day to go by in which a brave gay or lesbian service member is discharged based simply on sexual orientation. As a concerned, pro-equality American and a supporter of the Human Rights Campaign, I am urging you to abandon the defense of this discriminatory law in court, and exercise your clear authority as President to end the military discharges immediately.
Anything less is unacceptable.
So may it be.
This is the letter I wrote and emailed to President Obama. Please write your own letter articulating your feelings; for a democracy to be truly fair and functional, it is vitally important that all voices are heard by the leaders who make the decisions that effect all of us. If your opinion happens to agree with mine and you’d like to write a similar submission, the Human Rights Campaign is a good place to start. I looked for a similar link to share for those who might think that keeping “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is a good idea, but I couldn’t find one. I’m hoping that if those are your views, you have your own resources to aid you. -lm