Following the touching sunrise vigil at Congressional Cemetery, the vigil participants went over to Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office to check the status of repeal and to ask about the whereabouts of Dan Choi’s Wespoint Ring.
The Veterans took the long trip up to the Senator’s Office in hopes of meeting with the Senator.
At the entrance to the office, the Sen. Reid’s Deputy Chief of Staff came to speak with the petitioners, but little answers were given. No firm commitment on repeal before thanksgiving, no commitment on the strategy for lame-duck repeal, and no commitment that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell language will stay in the National Defense Authorization Act.
This is a crucial aspect of today’s events. The action demonstrated that our community is trying to get specific answers, and attempting to be a part of the process. It reinforces that we stand on the side of justice and equality and are doing our part to make this happen. Common criticism of Direct Action groups such as GetEqual is that they aren’t interested in participating in the legislative process, only agitating from the outside. This morning’s events followed by the lobbying attempt in Sen. Reid’s office are part of a coherent tactical effort to push this issue over the finish line.
Stay tuned for the next part of today’s events, with exclusive photos and coverage.