Sunday, August 02, 2009

DADT kills

(For a summary of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, please see the previous blog, "Obama and DADT.")

On June 30th, an openly bisexual seaman, August Provost, was murdered while on duty. It turns out he was being harrassed for his sexual orientation, but could not report it for fear of DADT. The whole story is told eloquently by our own Mike Szymanski:

http://www.examiner.com/x-3366-Bisexuality-Examiner~y2009m8d1-Suspect-in-murder-of-bisexual-is-sailor-found-dead-in-his-cell?cid=examiner-email

As Mike notes, without DADT, this young man might not be dead. As noted by the Palm Center:

"The Palm Center released a study this spring showing that the president has the power of "stop-loss" which he could use to halt all discharges under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." While some worry this would be a temporary solution, it would actually be the wisest way to lift the ban permanently, as part of a one-two punch: Obama could suspend discharges using stop-loss and then, six months down the line, point to the success of openly gay service and ask Congress to repeal the policy once and for all."

Please write the President at:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

and urge him to end DADT now under Stop-Loss, before more people die.