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Obama thanks supporters for repeal of military gay ban

2010.12.19 Няма коментари

President Obama is thanking his political supporters for congressional repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy against gays.

“This victory belongs to you,” Obama said in an e-mail to members of Organizing For America, the pro-Obama political arm of the Democratic National Committee. “Without your commitment, the promise I made as a candidate would have remained just that.”

Obama also credited Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, and urged Organizing For America members to sign thank-you letters to them and other lawmakers.

OFA lobbying against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” proved that “no one should underestimate this movement,” Obama wrote. “Every phone call to a senator on the fence, every letter to the editor in a local paper, and every message in a congressional inbox makes it clear to those who would stand in the way of justice: We will not quit.”

In pledging to sign the repeal of the military’s gay ban, Obama also wrote that, “I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because of my sexual orientation.”

But the nation’s first African-American president added that “I know my story would not be possible without the sacrifice and struggle of those who came before me — many I will never meet, and can never thank.”

Read Obama’s e-mail in full

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