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Rep. Patrick Murphy to Take Lead on Military Gay Ban Repeal


Iraq Veteran Patrick Murphy will take the lead in advancing legislation to overturn the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy when Rep. Ellen Tauscher moves to the State Department to be President Obama's Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Talking Points Memo reports:

"There's major symbolic significance to that move. Murphy is a member of the House Armed Services Committee and, more importantly, a Bronze Star winner and the first Iraq war veteran to serve in Congress."

Towleroad readers may also remember Murphy's thrashing of the anti-gay Center for Military Readiness' Elaine Donnelly at hearings before the House Armed Services Committee in July 2008. If not, I've re-posted it, AFTER THE  JUMP...

Donnelly recently rounded up a group of 1,000 anti-gay retired military officers to get behind her bigoted crusade to stop the repeal of the military's gay ban.

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  1. Andy - Thank you for bringing our attention to this coongressman. I just made a contribution to his re-election campaign because of his support. All of us should support people who support us.

    Posted by: Shane | Apr 10, 2009 1:39:29 PM

  2. SHANE,

    if Arlen Spector hadn't broke with his own party to support the President, Congressman Murphy probably would be Senator Murphy two years from now. Spector isn't hated by Democrats, and can't be beaten in Pennsylvania, so Murphy will have to wait.

    Then again, Spector's support for President Obama may cost him the Republican senatorial nomination. We'll see.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 10, 2009 1:52:22 PM

  3. Finally someone who is doing something right, and not pandering to their "base" or putting their ignorant prejudices before logic and fairness.

    Hopefully Obama will be done thinking about it and weighing the issues and studying the subject and having a committee look at it and waiting for the right time to address it by the time this man of action and honor gets his bill through.

    Posted by: paul c | Apr 10, 2009 1:56:12 PM

  4. He looks cute. Maybe TMZ can start following him around. Why should Aaron Schock have all the fun.

    Posted by: Michael in SC | Apr 10, 2009 2:15:17 PM

  5. Murphy makes me proud to be a Western Pennsylvanian! Love to hear our not-so-pretty accent put to good use beautifully schooling this idiotic woman.

    Posted by: GeoNorth | Apr 10, 2009 2:20:03 PM

  6. This will be progress, but should take effect NOW not after Tauscher leaves the Congress which could be month. He's already a cosponsor, and it's not like it's a formal assignment that has to first be vacated like being a committee chair.

    Murphy is great...not just because of his "take no bullshit" attitude but his veteran's credentials which will be hard for anyone to challenge. Hopefully, as someone who campaigned for Obama as a part of his veteran's advisory group, it won't be hard for him to challenge the Administration, who, only recently, decided to stop lying to us about "consulting closely with Secretary Gates and Chairman Mullen."

    Posted by: Michael @ Leonard Matlovich.com | Apr 10, 2009 2:37:49 PM

  7. I'd be surprised if someone didn't come along soon and bitch because your article highlights a straight man.

    Fortunately, most of us enjoy Towleroad whether it's urgent gay-related news, features about gay people, or totally non-gay content that Andy thinks some of his readers might enjoy. I'm glad he continues doing so, despite a few who seem unable to skip past an article without posting their disapproval.

    (sorry that turned into a mini rant)

    Posted by: sparks | Apr 10, 2009 2:42:30 PM

  8. When doing consulting work in Pennsylvania in 2007 I had a chance to meet and talk with Rep. Murphy. He is all that and a bag of chips: smart, dedicated, progressive, very handsome and charming in a genuine way that most politicians strive for but don't achieve. He would make a fantastic senator.

    Posted by: Smartypants | Apr 10, 2009 3:29:55 PM

  9. Paul C. once again your ignorance is showing.

    Michael @ Leonard Matlovich.com, the only one lying is you.

    Good on Patrick Murphy! Now we hjave to support him to get the repeal going.

    Posted by: gerry | Apr 10, 2009 4:57:28 PM

  10. @Gerry - because it's ignorant in your world to expect equal rights and to respect those who truly advocate the same?

    Or does my "ignorance" arise from the fact that I call out those who merely pay lip service to equality while maintaining the status quo?

    Either way, you're the one who is extremely ignorant. Check yourself.

    Posted by: paul c | Apr 10, 2009 6:18:17 PM

  11. "The president supports changing 'Don't Ask Don't Tell.' As part of a longstanding pledge, HE HAS ALSO BEGUN CONSULTING CLOSELY with Secretary Gates and Chairman Mullen...." - Administration Spokesman Tommy Vietor, March 2nd, 2009, NY Times.

    "That dialogue, though, has really not progressed very far at this point in the administration. I think the president and I feel like we've got a lot on our plates right now and let's push that one down the road a little bit." - Secretary Gates, March 29, 2009, Fox News Sunday

    "Secretary Gates has had one brief conversation with the president about 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'." - Pentagon spokeswoman Cynthia Smith, April 2nd, 2009, to TalkingPointsMemo.com.

    Posted by: Michael @ Leonard Matlovich.com | Apr 10, 2009 6:57:33 PM

  12. Murphy is absolutely teriffic

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 10, 2009 8:14:48 PM

  13. murphy is a good irish catholic boy, he knows the difference between spit and shinola. more power to him. plus, he's smokin' hawt.

    Posted by: nic | Apr 10, 2009 9:07:21 PM

  14. Thank you Patrick Murphy.

    Alexander the Great, with less people, less sophisticated weapons, and in less time, conquered an area larger than Iraq and Afghanistan and yet he would not have been allowed to serve in our military because he was gay.

    Please read an essay on gay equality that I sent on December 8th, 2008 through postal mail to 535 members of Congress, 9 Supreme Court Justices, 50 governors, the President, and the President-Elect: "When trade smiths, farmers, teachers and clergy sailed west on boats from Europe with their families in the early 1600s, they sought to leave behind oppression in favor of opportunity and freedom. A century and a half later..." (continued at http://www.jonathanmaher.com/equality/)

    Posted by: Jonathan Bannon Maher | Apr 11, 2009 12:50:55 AM

  15. Quote from Donnelly, "If we say that forced co-habitation is the new rule. And we're saying that, if you don't like the way you feel. Then just relax and enjoy it. Or tolerate it. Is that fair?"

    That's funny, I remember not so long ago the right wing was making the argument that the military isn't ABOUT being fair but about readiness? It's not a democracy. Remember Ms. Donnelly?

    Posted by: Marc | Apr 11, 2009 1:35:28 AM

  16. What a good man.

    Posted by: Jim/Charlotte | Apr 11, 2009 9:16:28 AM

  17. I cannot decide what is hotter, his brain, his morals or his face. With Rep. Murphy taking the lead we could not have a better spokesman for equal treatment of gay soldiers.

    Posted by: rudy | Apr 11, 2009 12:21:57 PM

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