U.S. Activist Alert
From the Office of the Moderator
Metropolitan Community Churches
For Immediate Release: 05 March 2010
Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches
Hails Historic Step by Senate Leader
To Repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
On Wednesday, March 3rd, as the nation celebrated the institution of marriage equality in its capital, one more historic step toward full equality for LGBT Americans was taken with Senator Joseph Lieberman’s introduction of the “Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010.”
Senator Lieberman has recently been a vocal advocate of dismantling the 1993 policy known as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” and today acted on his commitment to both end discrimination in the military and make it possible for all U.S. service members to serve openly and with pride.
“Under the ban implemented seventeen years ago, service members were forced to either compromise their integrity by serving in silence and pretending to be someone they were not, or to face discharge from the career many had devoted lifetimes to,” said The Rev. Nancy Wilson, Moderator of Metropolitan Community Churches. “For many, it was and remains an unconscionable choice — life in the shadows or resigning the job you have felt called to do,” she added.
“I know I speak for my brother and sister LGBT military comrades, when I say thanks be to God we are one step closer to enjoying the freedom we have worked to extend to so many others around the globe,” said The Rev. Lea Brown, Senior Pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco and former U.S. Army Chaplain Candidate (2nd Lt.).
It is estimated that 66,000 LGBT people serve in U.S. military forces in some capacity. The “Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010” introduced by Senator Lieberman and co-sponsored by the Chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, parallels an earlier bill introduced in the House of Representatives in 2009.
“This is both a time to rejoice and a time to press forward,” urged The Rev. Robert Griffin, Director of Media Production/Performing Art Series and Christian Social Action at the Sunshine Cathedral Metropolitan Community Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and a retired Chaplain’s Assistant from the United States Navy. “Our hope and priority now must become making sure that this bill does not linger in Senate chambers, but is passed with an implementation deadline by the end of 2010. To do that, we need our community and supporters of equality everywhere to keep the pressure on Congress to not only say, but do the right thing.”
Metropolitan Community Churches is partnering with the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network in the effort to establish LGBT equality in all branches of the U.S, military. To see how you can help usher in the “Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010” and end “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” go to https://www.sldn.org/page/speakout/Senators.
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Elder Nancy Wilson
Moderator Metropolitan Community Churches
This statement prepared in conjunction with the Moderator’s Global Justice Team, The Rev. Pat Bumgardner, Chair.