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    July 10, 2009

    New straight hero on DADT

    Posted by: Andoni

    Congressman Patrick Murphy, a straight Congressman from PA, is taking the lead on repealing DADT. The above clip from the Rachel Maddow Show clearly demonstrates Murphy's passion and determination to get this done. The other clip at the end shows Murphy burying a right wing defender of DADT during Congressional hearings and is definitely worth watching. It demonstrates Murphy's ability to handle himself while under fire from the right wing. All the attributes of a good soldier are evident in the second clip. He both served and taught in the military and knows the culture and the rules inside out.

    It's my opinion that we need more straight politicians leading on gay issues. It's fine that we have Barney Frank, Tammy Baldwin, and now Jared Polis representing our interests as gay people in Congress, but I really think that when a straight person takes up a gay cause, it gives it much more credibility. When a gay politician is for gay rights, the sub text is that it is simply self serving for his community. When a straight person takes up gay rights, it truly becomes a civil rights/human rights issue and more people are convinced of its rightness.

    Another problem is I don't think our gay Congressional leaders push hard enough. Maybe there is a bit of self censorship going on because they don't want to be perceived simply as the "gay" Congressman. They would rather be known as the the chair of this or that committee. As a result, they don't agitate enough on our issues.

    The Civil Rights Movement did not really take off until white people began advocating for the rights of blacks as well as blacks themselves.

    This may be our turning point, as straight politicians Congressman Jerry Nadler and Senator Patrick Leahy (two others we should consider heros) have become fierce advocates for the Uniting American Families Act, the bill that would recognize gay partnerships for immigration. Now we need a straight politician to take the lead on repealing DOMA.

    Below are the co-sponsors of Congressman Murphy's DADT repeal bill. If yours is not on the list, get busy, call your Congressperson and ask him/her to co-sponsor. And don't let up until they do.

    And don't forget the clip of Murphy in action at the end.

    Rep Abercrombie, Neil [HI-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Ackerman, Gary L. [NY-5] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Andrews, Robert E. [NJ-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Arcuri, Michael A. [NY-24] - 3/17/2009
    Rep Baca, Joe [CA-43] - 7/8/2009
    Rep Baird, Brian [WA-3] - 3/12/2009
    Rep Baldwin, Tammy [WI-2] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Becerra, Xavier [CA-31] - 6/16/2009
    Rep Berkley, Shelley [NV-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Berman, Howard L. [CA-28] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Bishop, Timothy H. [NY-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Blumenauer, Earl [OR-3] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Brady, Robert A. [PA-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Braley, Bruce L. [IA-1] - 6/8/2009
    Rep Capps, Lois [CA-23] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Capuano, Michael E. [MA-8] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Carnahan, Russ [MO-3] - 4/27/2009
    Rep Carson, Andre [IN-7] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Castor, Kathy [FL-11] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Christensen, Donna M. [VI] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Clarke, Yvette D. [NY-11] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy [MO-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Cleaver, Emanuel [MO-5] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Cohen, Steve [TN-9] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Courtney, Joe [CT-2] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Crowley, Joseph [NY-7] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Cummings, Elijah E. [MD-7] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Davis, Danny K. [IL-7] - 4/27/2009
    Rep Davis, Susan A. [CA-53] - 3/3/2009
    Rep DeFazio, Peter A. [OR-4] - 3/3/2009
    Rep DeGette, Diana [CO-1] - 3/6/2009
    Rep Delahunt, William D. [MA-10] - 3/3/2009
    Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. [CT-3] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Dicks, Norman D. [WA-6] - 3/9/2009
    Rep Dingell, John D. [MI-15] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Doggett, Lloyd [TX-25] - 4/2/2009
    Rep Doyle, Michael F. [PA-14] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Edwards, Donna F. [MD-4] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Ellison, Keith [MN-5] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Engel, Eliot L. [NY-17] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Eshoo, Anna G. [CA-14] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Farr, Sam [CA-17] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Fattah, Chaka [PA-2] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Filner, Bob [CA-51] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Frank, Barney [MA-4] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. [TX-20] - 3/6/2009
    Rep Grijalva, Raul M. [AZ-7] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. [IL-4] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Hall, John J. [NY-19] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Hare, Phil [IL-17] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Harman, Jane [CA-36] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Hastings, Alcee L. [FL-23] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Heinrich, Martin [NM-1] - 6/26/2009
    Rep Higgins, Brian [NY-27] - 4/29/2009
    Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. [NY-22] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Hirono, Mazie K. [HI-2] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Holt, Rush D. [NJ-12] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Honda, Michael M. [CA-15] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Inslee, Jay [WA-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Israel, Steve [NY-2] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. [IL-2] - 3/9/2009
    Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila [TX-18] - 3/9/2009
    Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice [TX-30] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Johnson, Henry C. "Hank," Jr. [GA-4] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. [RI-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. [MI-13] - 3/5/2009
    Rep Kilroy, Mary Jo [OH-15] - 3/5/2009
    Rep Klein, Ron [FL-22] - 6/9/2009
    Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. [OH-10] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Langevin, James R. [RI-2] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Larsen, Rick [WA-2] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Larson, John B. [CT-1] - 6/23/2009
    Rep Lee, Barbara [CA-9] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Levin, Sander M. [MI-12] - 7/8/2009
    Rep Lewis, John [GA-5] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Loebsack, David [IA-2] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Lofgren, Zoe [CA-16] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Lowey, Nita M. [NY-18] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Lujan, Ben Ray [NM-3] - 6/23/2009
    Rep Lynch, Stephen F. [MA-9] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. [NY-14] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Markey, Edward J. [MA-7] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Massa, Eric J. J. [NY-29] - 3/23/2009
    Rep Matsui, Doris O. [CA-5] - 3/3/2009
    Rep McCarthy, Carolyn [NY-4] - 3/3/2009
    Rep McCollum, Betty [MN-4] - 3/3/2009
    Rep McDermott, Jim [WA-7] - 3/3/2009
    Rep McGovern, James P. [MA-3] - 3/3/2009
    Rep McMahon, Michael E. [NY-13] - 6/9/2009
    Rep Meek, Kendrick B. [FL-17] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Meeks, Gregory W. [NY-6] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Michaud, Michael H. [ME-2] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Miller, Brad [NC-13] - 3/23/2009
    Rep Miller, George [CA-7] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Moore, Gwen [WI-4] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Moran, James P. [VA-8] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Murphy, Christopher S. [CT-5] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Murphy, Patrick J. [PA-8] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Nadler, Jerrold [NY-8] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Napolitano, Grace F. [CA-38] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes [DC] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Oberstar, James L. [MN-8] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Olver, John W. [MA-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. [NJ-6] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [NJ-8] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Pastor, Ed [AZ-4] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Payne, Donald M. [NJ-10] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Peters, Gary C. [MI-9] - 5/13/2009
    Rep Pingree, Chellie [ME-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Polis, Jared [CO-2] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Price, David E. [NC-4] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Quigley, Mike [IL-5] - 6/2/2009
    Rep Richardson, Laura [CA-37] - 3/17/2009
    Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana [FL-18] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Rothman, Steven R. [NJ-9] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille [CA-34] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Rush, Bobby L. [IL-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Sanchez, Linda T. [CA-39] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Sanchez, Loretta [CA-47] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Sarbanes, John P. [MD-3] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. [IL-9] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Schiff, Adam B. [CA-29] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Schwartz, Allyson Y. [PA-13] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [VA-3] - 3/17/2009
    Rep Serrano, Jose E. [NY-16] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Sestak, Joe [PA-7] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Shea-Porter, Carol [NH-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Sherman, Brad [CA-27] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Sires, Albio [NJ-13] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [NY-28] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Smith, Adam [WA-9] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Snyder, Vic [AR-2] - 3/12/2009
    Rep Speier, Jackie [CA-12] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Stark, Fortney Pete [CA-13] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Sutton, Betty [OH-13] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Thompson, Mike [CA-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Tierney, John F. [MA-6] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Tonko, Paul D. [NY-21] - 3/17/2009
    Rep Towns, Edolphus [NY-10] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Tsongas, Niki [MA-5] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Van Hollen, Chris [MD-8] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. [NY-12] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [FL-20] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Watson, Diane E. [CA-33] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Waxman, Henry A. [CA-30] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Weiner, Anthony D. [NY-9] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Welch, Peter [VT] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Wexler, Robert [FL-19] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. [CA-6] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Wu, David [OR-1] - 3/3/2009
    Rep Yarmuth, John A. [KY-3] - 6/9/2009

    And don't forget to watch this clip of Murphy in action.



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    1. Lorenzo (from Downunder) on Jul 11, 2009 12:40:38 AM:

      Loved the second clip :)

      Absolutely right about the importance of straight advocates.

    1. jimmyjazz on Jul 11, 2009 5:04:02 PM:

      Go Patrick Murphey. I got me a straight hero now. you're pretty hot for a straight guy and you have the balls to back up your mission. A straight guy from West Point on my side? Things just keep getting better.

    1. susanj on Jul 13, 2009 10:13:49 PM:

      Love this guy! Handsome, articulate, smart, focussed. Hopefully, he gets this job done quickly and efficiently, as he intends, and can move on to even greater things. DADT ought to be a dead issue; there appears to be no reason, aside from unadulterated bigotry, that we are even talking about this any more. Go Patrick Murphy!

    1. susanj on Jul 13, 2009 10:21:35 PM:

      Oh, and how stupid does he make that prissy woman in the hearing look? It's kinda hard to make an argument about "lack of unit cohesion" to a congressman who served in the military for thirteen years, as a straight man alongside people he knew were gay. If he says "Well, I was there and I can tell you it had no effect on unit cohesion," then what does the snippy talking head say in response that doesn't sound like hateful and ignorant propaganda?

    1. A Nonymous on Jul 20, 2009 9:30:10 AM:

      I can't revieal myself for obvious reasons but are you sure he's straight? He's a great guy but 'straight' may not be the correct adjective. Dig a little.

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