An online petition from the Courage Campaign, a California-based gay
rights organization, has gathered over 12,000 signatures from veterans
and families of service members supporting repeal of "don't ask, don't tell."
The petition was created in conjunction with Rep. Patrick Murphy of Pennsylvania, who introduced the DADT repeal bill in the House. Murphy plans on presenting the signatures to senators Harry Reid, Carl Levin, Mitch McConnell, and John McCain during the lame-duck session "to show the American public, including veterans and military families, stand firmly behind repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell.'"
The petition has been signed by a total of almost 68,000 Americans and can be accessed here.