Apologize!

Thursday night, during the Republican presidential debate in Florida, an American soldier serving in Iraq was booed by the audience simply for saying that he was gay, and for asking a question about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

And none of the GOP candidates on stage said a word in his defense.

Please sign on to the open letter by former Army Captains Tanya L. Domi, James E. Pietrangelo, II, Brenda S. "Sue" Fulton, Jonathan Hopkins, former Marine Sergeant Justin Elzie, and former West Point cadet Katherine Miller, each of whom had a lead role in bringing down "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." The letter demands that all the Republican presidential candidates denounce the disrespect that was shown to soldier Stephen Hill during the Republican debate.

The more signatures we get, the more the media will pressure the candidates to explain themselves. The pressure was already too much for Rick Santorum, who has now joined Jon Huntsman in denouncing the audience members who booed. But where are Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, Herman Cain, and Ron Paul?  Please help us keep the pressure up!

The open letter (sign-up box is below the letter):

To the Republican presidential candidates:

Each and every one of you owes our American service members an apology.

Thursday night, during the Republican presidential debate in Florida, an American soldier serving in Iraq was booed by the audience simply for saying that he was gay, and for asking a question about "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Nine of you were on that stage, and none of you said a word.

After the debate, one lone candidate, Jon Huntsman, had the decency to speak out in defense of the soldier, saying: "You know, we’re all Americans, and the fact that he is an American who put on the uniform says something good about him."

This isn't about politics, it doesn't matter if you're a Republican or a Democrat, and it has nothing to do with where you stand on the issue of gays in the military. This is about showing an American service member a basic level of respect for serving this country.

We urge each of you to speak out against the disrespectful way in which soldier Stephen Hill was treated during your debate.

Sincerely,

Tanya L. Domi, former Army Captain
James E. Pietrangelo, II, former Army Captain
Brenda S. "Sue" Fulton, former Army Captain
Jonathan Hopkins, former Army Captain
Justin Elzie, former Marine Sergeant
Katherine Miller, former West Point cadet
John Aravosis, AMERICAblog
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10513 Mon Mar 25 07:32:26 EDT 2013 Josh Smith I'm military and have been so for 10 years I know many openly gay soldiers to include myself. Our sexual orientation does not make us any less qualified to fight or die for our country
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10511 Wed Mar 28 12:49:49 EDT 2012 john Aravosis
10510 Sat Feb 11 02:48:58 EST 2012 Leah Jordan Ross
10509 Fri Jan 27 15:53:13 EST 2012 Anonymous
10508 Tue Jan 24 11:32:33 EST 2012 Natalie Caro Cowards that do not stand up for our service members and fellow Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation, do not deserve the honor of being called President.
10507 Thu Jan 19 13:10:03 EST 2012 Steven Arnett
10506 Mon Jan 02 22:18:51 EST 2012 Anonymous
10505 Sun Dec 04 16:22:27 EST 2011 Amanda Christian The republibagger stance on the rights of all people and the war on women and their reporductive rights is unfathomably shameful. Your unabashed disrespect to our men and women in uniform who have fought More....
10504 Sun Dec 04 16:21:57 EST 2011 Amanda Christian The republibagger stance on the rights of all people and the war on women and their reporductive rights is unfathomably shameful. Your unabashed disrespect to our men and women in uniform who have fought More....
10503 Sun Dec 04 16:20:58 EST 2011 Amanda Christian The republibagger stance on the rights of all people and the war on women and their reporductive rights is unfathomably shameful. Your unabashed disrespect to our men and women in uniform who have fought More....
10502 Sun Dec 04 16:05:13 EST 2011 Amanda Christian The republibagger stance on the rights of all people and the war on women and their reporductive rights is unfathomably shameful. Your unabashed disrespect to our men and women in uniform who have fought More....
10501 Sun Dec 04 15:50:24 EST 2011 Amanda Christian The republibagger stance on the rights of all people and the war on women and their reporductive rights is unfathomably shameful. Your unabashed disrespect to our men and women in uniform who have fought More....
10500 Sun Dec 04 15:49:52 EST 2011 Amanda Christian The republibagger stance on the rights of all people and the war on women and their reporductive rights is unfathomably shameful. Your unabashed disrespect to our men and women in uniform who have fought More....
10499 Sat Nov 19 21:28:18 EST 2011 Anonymous Disgusting that adults act this way.
10498 Wed Nov 16 12:50:58 EST 2011 David Lev
10497 Sat Nov 12 09:36:38 EST 2011 Troy Saul
10496 Sat Oct 22 10:25:26 EDT 2011 Claudine Piechotta
10495 Sat Oct 22 00:00:48 EDT 2011 Hana Lilic
10494 Fri Oct 21 10:01:13 EDT 2011 Vincent Feconda The hate, greed and lack of compassion comming from your party is very disturbing. The way you treated that soldier, who is serving on the front lines for the past year was shocking. And you call yourself More....
10493 Thu Oct 20 01:36:31 EDT 2011 Anonymous
10492 Wed Oct 19 17:41:25 EDT 2011 Hunter Chenevert
10491 Wed Oct 19 17:02:50 EDT 2011 Debbie Sanders As a republican I am ashamed of the remarks and know our party can do better than that to support our armed forces regardless of sexual orientation.
10490 Wed Oct 19 16:51:24 EDT 2011 Toby Ashabranner Every solider deserves respect regardless of sexual orientation
10489 Wed Oct 19 13:23:07 EDT 2011 William Nelson
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