According to SLDN
, gay activists chose 2003 "to start a campaign against DADT.
That it happened at all was due to two things: increased pressure from SLDN
, which has documented rising harassment and discrimination in a series of meticulous annual reports for the past six years; and the particularly grisly antigay murder of a soldier at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, on July 5, 1999.
provides free and direct legal assistance to service members and veterans affected by the repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and the prior regulatory ban on open service, as well as those currently serving who may experience harassment or discrimination.
Schmalz to SLDN
Frontlines blog, http://freedomtoserve.
The new SLDN
will give our customers access like never before," said Dorian George, Director of Product Development at SoftLayer.
spokesperson said the group had not yet decided if it would appeal the ruling.
Under Dixon's leadership, SLDN
has sought to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" through the federal courts and in Congress.
When sexual orientation plays a role in a military investigation, young gay and lesbian service members are often reluctant to talk with investigators out of fear that they themselves will be investigated," says SLDN
spokesman Steve Ralls.
begun reaching out to the presidential candidates?
is dedicated to the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell.
and the Log Cabin Republicans file legal challenges to "don't ask, don't tell.
also called on the Pentagon to implement the Anti-Harassment Action Plan originally adopted more than five years ago but never implemented.