Petition to POTUS to prevent Lt Dan Choi from being fired

May 27, 2009

Lt Choi posts/interviews

Here is a copy of  the petition to prevent Lt Dan Choi’s firing due to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy. Just saying “I am gay” constitutes “homosexual behavior” and meets the criteria for discharge. Even of a West Point Grad, who can speak fluent Arabic, who is well-respected in his unit and willing to do a third tour of combat duty.

Petition at Courage Campaign:

The Online organizing hub for progressive Californians…a network of over 700,000 grassroots and netroots citizens empowered to leverage online tools for offline activism.

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Keep your promise, President Obama
Tell the President to end the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy and not to fire Lt. Dan Choi

Lt. Dan Choi, from Orange County, California, is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an Iraq War veteran. Last March he went on Rachel Maddow’s show and spoke three truthful words: “I am gay.”

As a result Lt. Choi received a letter from the Army on April 23 discharging him for violating the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. He told Rachel Maddow the letter was “a slap in the face” to himself and the soldiers he as commanded and served with over the past decade.

Lt. Choi is fighting to stay in the military and ensure that no other soldier is ever again discharged as a result of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” The Courage Campaign and CREDO Mobile are joining his effort to secure equality in our armed forces.

President Obama did not create this policy. But he now has the opportunity to keep his promise and allow gay and lesbian soldiers to serve openly in the military. It’s the right thing to do — for justice and for national security.

140,860 people (as of Tuesday, May 26) have signed the following petition to President Obama from the Courage Campaign and CREDO Mobile. Please add your name now:

Dear President Barack Obama,

The time has come to end discrimination in our armed forces. We, the undersigned, ask you to stop the discharge of Lt. Dan Choi and any other soldier as a result of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. We ask that you uphold your pledge and push Congress to quickly put a bill on your desk to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

Sincerely,

Your name

One Response to “Petition to POTUS to prevent Lt Dan Choi from being fired”

  1. William A. Stoddart Says:

    Mr. President, I served in the US military from 8/66 thru 8/69. One of these three years was with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam. It just amazes me that the mere fact of my sexual orientation, even today, if discovered would prevent me from serving my country. Because of low enlistment rates, the military continues to lower it’s applicant expectations. Today, even convicted felons are permitted to enlist. Yet a law abiding gay or lesbian American is not permitted to serve simply because of who they are. The US stands alone as the only major world power that discriminates in this way. The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy is just like the “Seperate But Equal” policy of the 60’s and 70’s that promoted segregation. The Supreme Court ruled that the will of the majority should never be used to subject the rights of a miniority and that “Seperate But Equal” was inheriently “unequal” The Pentagon is complaining that we don’t have enough qualified lingusists serving in Iraq. Yet, within the last few years, a whole group of servicemen serving in Iraq (and fluent in Arabic) were discharged simply because of who they were. I fully realize that there are many issues on your plate at this time. HOWEVER, how can we portray ourselves as the beacom of democracy in the world if we permit this type of blatant homophobia at home!! Do what you promised to do Mr President and abolish “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell today!! Respectfully, Bill Stoddart

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