I received an email Wednesday afternoon, from the office of Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC). It was in response to a card I had mailed to her office, with the help of the Human Rights Campaign, on the subject of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.
Check out Sen. Hagan’s response:
May 19, 2010
Thank you for contacting me regarding the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 and the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. I appreciate your thoughts on this important matter. Please excuse my delayed response.
The Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 (S. 3065/H.R.1283) was introduced by Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) on March 3, 2010. The legislation will repeal the 1993 policy concerning homosexuality in the armed forces. The Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 states that the Secretary of Defense and the Coast Guard may not discriminate against any member of the armed forces or against any person seeking to become a member of the armed forces on the basis of sexual orientation. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has begun a study to determine how best to implement the repeal of the policy.
I support the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” as soon as possible. It is important to recognize that gay Americans have been serving honorably in our armed forces for years and will continue to do so into the future. North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the nation, and I believe that anyone willing and able to serve should be able to do so openly.
Again, thank you for contacting my office. It is truly an honor to represent North Carolina in the United States Senate, and I hope you will not hesitate to contact me in the future should you have any further questions or concerns.
Kay R. Hagan
Wow… If I didn’t know better, I’d think Sen. Hagan was workin’ to get my vote.