(Note it is an campaign ad for Patrick Murphy)
Did you catch the latest bit of intolerance out of the GOP presidential field?
Let me put it in perspective. I was an Air Force aviator in Iraq and Afghanistan. I flew 88 combat missions. But according to his latest TV ad, Rick Perry thinks I’m the problem with America.
That’s right. Not the growing income inequality. Not corporate crime robbing working families of their jobs and their homes. Americans are struggling because gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military.
As someone who was targeted under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” I know better than most that we can’t allow this kind of bigotry to go unchallenged. It has to be responded to swiftly and urgently, every time we hear it. That’s why I’m joining my friend and fellow veteran Patrick Murphy in telling Rick Perry – who, like me, is a former airman – to pull this ad down now.
We need as many voices as possible to make sure the Tea Party finally gets the message – prejudice like this is unacceptable. Period. Join Patrick and me today.Click here join us in telling Rick Perry to pull down this bigoted ad right away and stop attacking equality and tolerance.
For three years, I fought my discharge under “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” And on Capitol Hill, Patrick led the fight when it was anything but politically popular, refusing to give up even during the darkest moments. We didn’t fight so hard to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” so that people like Rick Perry – not to mention Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich – could use the threat of reinstating it as a campaign talking point.
The Tea Party needs to get the message loud and clear that open service in the military is here to stay. Behavior like booing a gay active-duty soldier – as they did during a GOP debate mere days after the repeal was certified – is reprehensible, shameful behavior. Patrick needs you to add your voice today in condemning the bigoted rhetoric and standing up for equality and tolerance.
Click here to tell the Tea Party to stop their prejudiced behavior now.
So many of us waited such a long time for that historic day in September when “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was finally finished for good. There’s more work to do, but taking a stand against intolerance will bring about change – I hope you’ll join Patrick and me in the fight today.
Thank you for your support.
Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach