Congressman urges end 'don't ask don't tell'

July 27, 2009 4:26:22 AM PDT
U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy is coming to Philadelphia to kick off a campaign for a bill to repeal "don't ask, don't tell." The Pennsylvania Democrat is the first Iraq war veteran elected to Congress. He will be joined on Monday by the gay rights groups Human Rights Campaign and Servicemembers United.

Murphy says it's insulting to America's armed forces to contend they'd suffer morale and recruiting problems if the U.S. had a serve-openly policy like in Britain's military.

Former members of the Army and Marines are scheduled to speak at a news conference in front of Independence Hall.

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