One of Equality Florida's strongest champions in the Florida Legislature, Rep. Rick Kriseman, has just filed a measure called a House Memorial (HM 1459) urging Congress and the President to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
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The measure was announced just as the Florida legislative session kicks off and has not yet been assigned to any committees.
Here are excerpts from Rep. Kriseman's announcement and HM1459, hot off the press:
"My wife and I have two children. We want them to grow up in a safe world. I wish this for all Floridians. There's no doubt that this policy makes us less safe and compromises the readiness and expertise of our great military," said Representative Rick Kriseman.
HM 1459 is the only such bill filed in the Florida Legislature this session. It now awaits a committee reference and hearing.
"Rick Kriseman joins our military's top leaders in recognizing that firing qualified military service members based on anti-gay prejudice is both un-American and hurts our military's readiness," said Nadine Smith, executive director for Equality Florida, the state's largest gay and transgender advocacy organization. "Those who choose to serve their country deserve respect, not discrimination."
Hundreds of language specialists have been discharged from military service under the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, including 55 Arabic translators and nine Farsi translators, all of which are vitally important positions to intelligence gathering and are positions for which there is a critical shortage of qualified personnel.
Here's a link to the complete press release.