As members of the Human Rights Campaign in Kansas City, we have worked for years to remove workplace injustices such as the firing of Kansas Army National Guard specialist Amy Brian, (2/16, A-1, “.‘Don’t ask’ discord is telling”). But Amy is not alone.
More than 9,000 service members have been discharged under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy at a cost of more than a quarter billion dollars to U.S. taxpayers. Dozens of Arabic linguists and Korean linguists from the Army’s Defense Language Institute were discharged for being gay. Why would we discharge perfectly qualified individuals in a time of need?
“Don’t ask, don’t tell” is a discriminatory policy and should be repealed. Reps. Emanuel Cleaver and Dennis Moore know this, but they need your support.
(Former Human Rights Campaign governor)
Although I am not one who has faced discrimination, I recognize it when I see it. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” is government-mandated discrimination. The policy should be dropped, gays and lesbians should be allowed to openly serve, and Amy Brian should be reinstated.
If a private company had this policy, the federal government would be all over them.