Surf over to Americablog, where Congressman Patrick Murphy took questions about DADT; he just finished up, so all the comments are online here. He wrote a guest post earlier today on the efforts to repeal the discriminatory policy.

The time to repeal this discriminatory policy is now. The arguments against overturning the policy are weak and outdated, including the most common red herring: that lifting the ban on openly gay troops would be detrimental to unit cohesion (an argument also used against allowing African Americans to serve alongside whites when President Truman desegregated the military in 1948). The United States has the best-trained, most disciplined armed forces in the world. Our strongest allies, including Great Britain and Israel, allow gays to serve openly without disruption to unit cohesion, morale, or discipline.

To say that our servicemembers can’t handle serving alongside openly-gay colleagues is an insult to their professionalism. More importantly, it is an insult to my fellow soldiers still serving – gay and straight alike. In Iraq, my men and I didn’t care whether a soldier was gay or straight. We cared about getting the job done with honor, and getting every member of our unit home alive.

Tere are two interesting answers — first on the President's attention to the issue of repeal:

Yes, the President is very engaged on this issue. I've been meeting with his top advisors and they've been very supportive of our efforts. Be that as it may, we are a separate and co-equal branch of government, so I want to work with the President, but I don't work for the President.

And someone asked if Murphy would pay at the ballot box for his support for repeal.

A lot of folks are asking me if this is in the best interests of my political future, especially considering I only won my first election by 0.6%. But too often in Washington people worry about keeping their own seats safe as compared to doing the right thing and bringing about the change our country needs. So in this matter specifically, national security and equality trump political expediency.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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