Yes, Mr. President, You Can

I spoke to my friend, Rev. Candy Holmes, yesterday as she and her partner, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner, and Rev. Elder Troy Perry and his partner, Phillip DeBlieck, were leaving the White House. They were part of the several hundred LGBT leaders invited to a reception with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to celebrate Gay Pride Month.

I know the President is committed to liberation.

DanChoi3In that spirit, I ask him to do one thing: suspend Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT), for one year and ask Congress to send him a bill to overturn it in that time. He can do that because of wartime necessity. We need all the soldiers who are willing to help in Afghanistan and Iraq that we can find.

In the meantime, I urge you to write a letter in support of Lt. Dan Choi, who at 8:00 am today will face a panel of colonels who will decide whether or not to fire him — to discharge him for “moral and professional dereliction” under DADT. Even if you see this post after 8:00 am, write in support of Lt. Choi.

Justice demands it.  And our national security does, too.