GetEQUAL Kicks Off “Week of Action” With Sunrise Vigil + A Visit To Harry Reid

Posted By 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.

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Eric Ethington has been specializing in political messaging, communications strategy, and public relations for more than a decade. Originally hailing from Salt Lake City, he now works in Boston for a social justice think tank. Eric’s writing, advocacy work, and research have been featured on MSNBC, CNN, Fox News, CNBC, the New York Times, The Telegraph, and The Public Eye magazine. He’s worked as a radio host, pundit, blogger, activist and electoral campaign strategist. Follow him on Twitter @EricEthington

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