Online Petition to Obama about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

From Standing on the Side of Love:

A petition to Obama to ask him to repeal the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy in the American military. Click here to sign!

From the email I received, by Captain Joan Darrah, Navy, Retired, from Standing on the Side of Love:

As a retired Navy Captain and lesbian American, I know from firsthand experience that “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is blatant employment discrimination.

On September 11, 2001, I left a meeting at the Pentagon just minutes before Flight #77 hit and seven of my co-workers were killed. My partner, Lynne, would have been one of the last to know if something had happened to me that day. My livelihood depended on my pretending our relationship didn’t exist – there was no possible way she could have been listed as my emergency contact.

That just made me so sad for her, that she would be required to maintain such secrecy that she could not even list her partner as an emergency contact. I have, without a second thought, occasionally filled out forms listing a female friend as an emergency contact instead of my husband. (When I was pregnant with both my children, I put a friend down with my doctor as well as my husband in case he couldn’t be reached. With my second child, I put down the friend who had agreed to watch my first, so she would know to come watch him.) I never thought a thing about it, besides asking my friends if it was okay. I can’t imagine being so afraid of having a relationship suspected, but that is my privilege as a heterosexual, married woman.

Sign the petition so we can take a step towards a world where no one cares who you love and live with.

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