LGBT San Francisco Supervisors Denounce 'Don't Ask'

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    San Francisco Supervisors Denounce 'Don't Ask'
    by Mary Ellen Peterson San Francisco Bureau

    Posted: June 8, 2005 2:00 pm ET

    (San Francisco, California) San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a city resolution calling for repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.

    The resolution notes that “lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members have served and are serving bravely and honorably in all branches of the United States Armed Forces and in all locations, national and international,” and goes on to say that “national security and military readiness will be best served by allowing every willing and able American to serve in the United States Armed Forces, without regard to sexual orientation.”

    The resolution was adopted in support of a statewide resolution introduced in the California State Legislature in April by Senator Christine Kehoe. The measure passed a Judiciary Committee by a vote of 4 - 1, following testimony yesterday in Sacramento.

    Kehoe's resolution calls on Congress to pass a bill submitted in March to repeal the anti-gay law. The federal measure has more than 50 Congressional co-sponsors. (story)

    A study done by the Government Accountability Office shows that more than 10,000 service members have been discharged over the last 10 years under the policy and that it has cost taxpayers more than $200 million to recruit replacements for LGBT enlisted service members who were discharged. (story)

    In addition to the resolution passed in San Francisco, New York (story) and West Hollywood City Councils have passed similar resolutions.

    Meanwhile, the group that represents gays in the military is demanding an apology from Texas Gov. Rick Perry for comments he made on the weekend.

    After Perry signed a bill sending to voters a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would ban same-sex marriage he referred to LGBT demonstrators as gripers. (story)

    The governor was then asked at a press conference how he would tell Texas gay and lesbian war veterans that they cannot come home from war in Iraq and get married.

    "Texans made a decision about marriage and if there's a state that has more lenient views than Texas, then maybe that's a better place for them to live," Perry replied.

    In demanding an apology, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network noted that more than 66,000 lesbian and gay veterans call Texas home.

    "Their service has secured liberty and freedom for every Texan, including Governor Perry," SLDN said in a statement. "We - and he - should be thanking them."

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