Posted By Eric Ethington (Author) on November 15, 2010
GetEQUAL are kicking off their “Week of Action” on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and it began with a sunrise vigil this morning at the grave of a gay Vietnam war vet. They also just finished a visit to the offices of Senator Harry Reid.
The grave belongs to Leonard Matlovich, who came out to his commanding officers in the Air Force but told them he wanted to remain in the service. He was discharged, but sued the secretary of the Air Force successfully for $160,000. His tombstone famously reads “When I was in the military, they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.”
But GetEQUAL isn’t done yet today, they also paid a visit to the office of Senator Harry Reid to demand that he pass the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell during the lame duck session. Reid refused to meet with them, but one of his staffers told them that that there was no news and there was no timing set on when we may see a repeal.