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The Flag & General Officers for the Military project was organized for the purpose of showing support for the 1993 law regarding homosexuals in the military (Section 654, Title 10, U.S.C.) This law, which has been upheld as constitutional several times, is frequently mislabeled ďDonít Ask, Donít Tell.Ē

In anticipation of legislation to repeal this law in the 111th Congress, several retired flag and general officers from all branches of the service asked colleagues to join them in signing an independent Statement to the President and Members of Congress expressing support for the 1993 law. In order to ensure the authenticity of each signature, the group addressed individual letters and received responses via regular postal mail.

The response exceeded expectations. By March 20, 2009, more than 1,050 retired flag and general officers had responded with handwritten signatures.

On March 3, 2009, Rep. Ellen Tauscher reintroduced legislation, H.R. 1283, to repeal the 1993 law. On March 30, 2009, the Flag & General Officers for the Military transmitted the statement as an open letter expressing support for the 1993 law to President Barack H. Obama and Members of Congress. The letter was accompanied by the signatures of 1,050 flag and general officers from all branches of the service.

Since that time the number of signatures has increased to 1,152, and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA).has replaced Rep. Tauscher as the prime sponsor of H.R. 1283.legislation to repeal the 1993 Eligibility Law.

The Center for Military Readiness, an independent public policy organization that specializes in military/social issues, provided administrative support for this project. More information on the issue of homosexuals in the military is available on the CMR website, www.cmrlink.org.

 
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