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Today, September 30, is the final day of the third fundraising quarter of 2009.  You should know this by now based on the increased influx into your inbox of email solicitations for your money, and if you're like me you're deleting most of them given your frustration with Congress.

Be frustrated.  But don't stop supporting those who are fighting for us.

In particular, the fight for gay equality needs your support today.  In America's easternmost state, gays and lesbians have secured full marriage equality -- but conservative activists have forced a ballot measure this fall that will strip away their rights.  No On 1 - Protect Maine Equality needs your help keeping this and other ads on the air:

In the House and the Senate, leaders like Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are spearheading the fight each day to ending the military's discriminatory Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy.  Since taking over the efforts from Rep. Ellen Tauscher (D-CA), Murphy has gathered more than 170 co-sponsors for the House bill ending DADT.  In the Senate, Gillibrand has convinced the Armed Services Committee to hold its first hearings in 15 years on the harms this discriminatory policy has caused.


‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ clearly isn’t working for our military, and it hinders national security and military readiness at a time when America is fighting in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. My time in Iraq taught me that our military needs and deserves the best and the brightest who are willing to serve- and that means all Americans, regardless of their orientation. Discharging brave and talented servicemembers from our armed forces is contrary to the values that our military fights for and that our nation holds dear.


This policy is wrong for our national security and wrong for the moral foundation upon which our country was founded. I thank Chairman Levin for agreeing to hold this important hearing.  Numerous military leaders are telling us that the times have changed.  ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is an unfair, outdated measure that violates the civil rights of some of our bravest, most heroic men and women. By repealing this policy, we will increase America's strength - both militarily and morally.

These efforts need your support every day, and will be particularly noticed today.  

Please contribute at my ActBlue Equality Appeal page today to support these crucial efforts.  Whether it's $10, $25, $50 or more, every dollar helps the fight.

Originally posted to Adam B on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 07:02 AM PDT.

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  •  Give. Today. (And rec this up.) (13+ / 0-)

    Rep. Murphy in action:

    Give today.

    [Disclaimer: Patrick's a friend; I've hosted a fundraiser for him at our home, and the reason you don't see a contribution from me to him on his page already is because I'm fortunate to be in a position to have maxed out to him already.  Please give whatever you can -- $10, $25, $50 and up.]

  •  Patrick Murphy: (1+ / 0-)
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    "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ clearly isn’t working for our military, and it hinders national security and military readiness at a time when America is fighting in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan."

    Speaking as a gay man, what I see is someone who has no issue with an individual's sexuality, period. His belief that DADT is hindering national security IS the reason for his efforts to repeal.

    Instead of focusing the repeal effort on the basis that DADT is discriminatory policy, (which would no doubt give fuel to the extreme, and not so extreme right-wing) he, and others are clearly making this about national security. Brilliant.

    Sure, I wish we (as a country) could just get over the whole "gay" thing already....sure, I wish that policies like DADT were repealed on the BASIS that they were discriminatory. Regardless, I'll take what we can get.

    Oh yeah, Mr. Murphy makes me proud to be a Pennsylvanian

    •  solely (0+ / 0-)

      ...maybe I should have said: "I wish that policies like DADT were repealed solely on the BASIS that they were discriminatory"...

      I don't mean to insinuate, in any way, that I'm ungrateful for the efforts. I'm not, at all. But, as a person who has lived with discrimination his whole life....well, the beat-down has taken it's toll.

      Not having the "right" to pursue my own personal happiness, and legally be with the person I love (my boyfriend is German) breaks my heart every day. I'm sick of feeling like a second-class citizen.

  •  In Maine, the ballot issue's called People's Veto (0+ / 0-)

    ... People's Veto Number 1,  when I looked at the sec of state of Maine's web site for the actual wording.

    This would be excellent framing.

    The Republicans want to veto marriage equality in Maine.

    These are not "conservative activists," they're the bigoted branch of the Republican Party engaged in another money laundering scheme with campaign donations.  
    Real conservatives don't give a hoot what people do in their private lives-  this is the voyeurism wing and Schubert Flint and the Prop 8 apparatus going trolling for cash in Maine.

    While I would donate to individual ads and orgs fighting the attempted veto, I would tell the Democratic Party, which ran on that being a Big, Inclusive Tent, that if they think they can keep using my GLBT friends as a handy political football every election, then throwing them under the bus, they can go scratch.  Not. good. enough.  

    "Toads of Glory, slugs of joy... as he trotted down the path before a dragon ate him"-Alex Hall/ Stop McClintock

    by AmericanRiverCanyon on Wed Sep 30, 2009 at 07:48:13 AM PDT

  •  Posting is cheap. Give money. C'mon. NT (2+ / 0-)
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