Momentum may be growing for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," with
senators gathering in support of ending the ban and news that 10,000
veterans and military family members have signed a petition urging an end to DADT.
California-based Courage Campaign announced that over 10,000 veterans and family members have signed "The Petition," which voices support for repeal. "The Petition" was created by the Courage Campaign in conjunction with Rep. Patrick Murphy, the Pennsylvania politician who sponsored and introduced the repeal legislation in the House.
Meanwhile, senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Mark Udall (D-CO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Roland Burris (D-IL), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Al Franken (D-MN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Chris Coons (D-DE) held a press conference Thursday morning and called for action on the National Defense Authorization Act -- the bill to which DADT repeal is attached -- before the end of the year, according to the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.
Lieberman said, "We are here to make clear that the reports of death of the movement to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell' have been greatly exaggerated."