Tell Congress to Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

My name is Beau Bouldin and I am currently an intern with Atticus Circle and a former sailor in the United States Navy. The celebration of Independence Day reminds me of my service to this great nation, and of those people who still devotedly serve in the armed forces.

There is no higher honor than defending a country and a constitution as robust and free as ours.

Unfortunately, some of our soldiers and sailors are being discriminated against in such a way as to betray the very freedom they signed up to defend. As members of our military, they are being asked to divide their professional and personal lives in order to comply with the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy currently in effect in our military.

The right to love who you choose is a fundamental right. Just because I am straight, that fact did not in any way affect my qualifications, willingness, or ability to perform effectively as a member of our military. One of the greatest injustices I have personally witnessed has been this discrimination against the very people who defend the United States Constitution.

I have seen good sailors, people steadfastly dedicated to their service, denied the privilege to serve based solely on whom they love. The most unjust part of this situation is that outstanding members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines are silenced, unable to make their own voices heard without immediately jeopardizing their careers.

We need you to speak out on behalf of those who are unable to speak for themselves. Contact your Representative and ask them to co-sponsor and support HR 1246.

House Resolution 1246, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, was introduced into the House of Representatives this session. It gives us, as non-military citizens, the ability to make the voices of our muted patriots heard.

HR 1246 seeks to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, and replace it with a policy of true non-discrimination.

As of today, 124 Congressional members (just over 25%) have put their names behind this bill, giving it unprecedented momentum. But, more sponsors are required to ensure this bill becomes law.

Please Enlist for Equality by sending a letter to your Representative encouraging them to support the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."


Beau Bouldin QM2 (SW) USN

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