project of the Coalition for Equality at Boston College Law School with
the support of
Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
in hand more than 1,000 letters.
• Participating schools:
Boston College Law
School, University of California Berkeley School
of Law, University of California Davis School
of Law, Stanford University Law School, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law, University of Colorado School of Law, Michigan State University College
of Law, Capital University Law School, Case Western Reserve University School
of Law, University of
Florida Levin College of
Law, University of Georgia School of Law, American University Washington College of Law,
Law Center, George Washington University School of Law, University
of the District of Columbia Clarke School of Law, Cardozo School of Law
at Yeshiva University,
Brooklyn Law School,
New York University
School of Law, Yale Law School, Harvard Law
School, Northeastern University School of Law,
New England School of
Law, Vermont Law School, and Western New England College School of Law.
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"Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" in the news
About "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"
What is "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"
The law of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell": 10 USC Sec. 654, and related materials
GAO report on the financial and other costs of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Arguments for repealing
"Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell"
Polling data on gays and lesbians in the U.S. military
Stanford University's clearinghouse of information on the military’s sexual orientation policy
The Military Readiness Enhancement Act (“MREA”) is proposed legislation that would end, once and for all, this country’s long and shameful regime of discrimination against some of its most courageous and devoted citizens—gays, lesbians, and bisexuals who wish to openly serve in the Armed Forces.
The MREA was introduced to the 109th Congress by Representative Marty Meehan (D-MA) and ultimately gathered 122 co-sponsors. On February 28, 2007, Congressman Meehan and 109 co-sponsors reintroduced MREA to the 110th Congress.
Our immediate goal is to generate a flood of letters from law students across the country, calling upon Congress to display the kind of honor and courage shown daily by those who volunteer to defend our nation.
This cause has assumed a particular significance to law students in recent years. The Solomon Amendment has compelled nearly every American law school to exempt the United States Military from its anti-discrimination policies. The Coalition for Equality was founded by Boston College Law School students as a research group when our own anti-discrimination policy was suspended for JAG recruiters. In its first year, the group produced a memo that came to inspire the recent FAIR v. Rumsfeld suit challenging the constitutionality of the Solomon Amendment.
We view the MREA as the next step in confronting the injustice “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” inflicts upon gay, lesbian, and bisexual law students. Yet, we also recognize that the cruelty of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” does not affect law students alone. The MREA is a stand for equality that would have been necessary even if FAIR had been a success. We are honored to take up this work, and it is our sincere hope that you will join us.
Read an editorial by CFE co-chair Kevin Walker for more about why we must end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
To get involved please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAW SCHOOLS collecting letters should mail them to:
Coalition for Equality
Boston College Law School
885 Centre Street
Newton, MA 02459