Updated 06/01/2010 08:07 AM
Group calls for repeal of 'don't ask don't tell'
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Last week, the U.S. House voted to repeal the military's 'Don't ask, Don't Tell' policy. Now, the issue is headed to the Senate.
On the heels of that vote, a group made up of members and supporters of the gay and lesbian community stood outside the gate at Fort Hood on Monday.
More than two dozen people from all over Central Texas held up signs that read “Gay or straight, all are heroes” and "Stop unjust discharge of gays and lesbians.”
Organizers say they gathered there not only to honor gay and lesbian soldiers who have served and died, but to show their support for gay and lesbian soldiers who are currently serving as well.
"They can't reach out to us. They can't be out to tell us. We have to reach out to them," organizer Irene Andrews said.
Andrews said the repeal of the policy will not only mean equal rights for soldiers, but it will also include their partners.
"We are very interested in letting the loved ones know who, when their soldier died, who was gay or lesbian, were not given a flag, were not even acknowledged by the military," she said.
Their presence led to several honks by passing drivers and some boos. There were also people who who pulled over.
Killeen resident Ingrid Allen said she stopped in order to show her support. She said she stopped because of the lessons she learned from her mother, who served in the Army when it was still segregated.
"She taught me all those nuances of life and helped me to learn that tolerance and to embrace each other and to respect each other is part of what we learn from each other to respect each other more," Allen said.
She said she doesn’t believe it will be an easy fight.
"I do not know if America as a whole is ready for this," she said. "I don't want to single out the military. I think we just do have a lot more education, a lot more understanding to gain to before we can say the differences are not so different after all."