Obama to Repeal DADT "This Year" : Change in 337 Days?

January 28, 2010

Dear President Obama,

Thank you; I am once again hopeful.  You have given yourself, and us, a timeline regarding Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT).  Tonight in your State of the Union address you said, “This year.”

Wow.  Your words and commitment to this cause have brought our family renewed hope and faith. “This year!”  Life could change for Josephine (my active duty partner) and I, sometime over the next 337 days.  I will now look forward to a night of good sleep when I am no longer living in a state of heightened anticipation.

Valerie Jarnett, one of your senior advisors, was just on the Rachel Maddow show.  She reassured us that repeal is something you intend to accomplish, with an action plan being generated in the coming days and weeks.  Jo and I, and the LGBTQ community anxiously await this much anticipated announcement; the repeal of DADT will bring us out of hiding and enable us to live like other military families, encouraged by the supportive America you asked for tonight.

My partner simply wants to serve her country without fear. I would like to openly support her beyond the confines of our home.  Mr. President, as you said, “It’s the right thing to do.”

Thank you for your word and for keeping your promise to repeal this unconscionable and
unconstitutional policy.  I look forward to change in the next 337 days.

Sincerely hopeful,
Isabell James, Partner of a lesbian service membe

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