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As a constituent, I urge you to support the repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy of our Armed Forces. As Americans, we have long been supporters of equal rights and equal access under the law. As Americans, we have long been supporters of personal responsibility and the rights of individuals to live their personal lives without the intrusion of the State.
Gays and lesbians have long answered the call for this nation in our armed services. Their sacrifices have been often ignored, or minimized because of sexual orientation, and the whims of a fickle society that often chooses to ignore their vital service over a matter of interpretation of Scripture–and an interpretation that is not shared by all members of either the Christian, Jewish, or Muslim faiths. This nation was founded upon the idea of religious freedom, and by allowing only a few voices to dominate the debate, and use that platform to deny our servicemen and servicewomen recognition of their sacrifice and duty, we allow those voices to refute that essential freedom.
Our freedoms exist not to protect popular speech or popular behaviors. Our freedoms exist to protect those who disagree. That is the essential nature of our freedoms, and I urge you support the free expression and the rights of all our citizens. It is not just the right thing to do for our citizens, it is the right thing for our party to stand for. We have allowed bigots and the small minded, who forget the lessons of the past, to dominate the debate, and I would welcome you to stand for our citizens and what our nation and Constitution represent.