Patrick Murphy to Hold Special Order Hour on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) will hold a special order hour on the floor of the House today  to speak about the negative impact of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and the need to repeal it, according to his office"

Murphy "Congressman Murphy is the lead sponsor of H.R. 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, a bill that would replace DADT with a policy of nondiscrimination throughout every branch of the services. There are currently 176 cosponsors on the bill. Rep. Murphy will be joined by a number of his colleagues on the floor of the House. Special order speeches allow Members of the House of Representatives to speak on any topic they wish for periods of time reserved in advance."

Murphy's speech is scheduled to take place around 9pm (and will be broadcast via C-SPAN) but the time is subject to change.

Murphy, an Iraq war vet, took the lead in advancing legislation to repeal the ban when Rep. Ellen Tauscher moved to a position at the State Dept.

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...