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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10488 Wed Oct 19 13:22:27 EDT 2011 Bill Nelson
10487 Tue Oct 18 15:37:42 EDT 2011 Anonymous This man risked his life to ensure that you could maintain the right to your opinions--rather than disrespect him he should be accepted for who he is, thanked, and acknowledged for his service.
10486 Sat Oct 15 15:28:11 EDT 2011 Conall Chambers Absolutely disgusting. You preach supporting our troops, then knock one down for his sexual beliefs. You don't defend the people who provide the very blanket of freedom that you sleep under. You are a More....
10485 Sat Oct 15 01:53:12 EDT 2011 Kenneth Hunt Watching the Republican Party "leadership" taking harmful and hateful positions on issues affecting America has me saddened and concerned. This example of overt disrespect for the gay soldier is just More....
10484 Thu Oct 13 14:52:25 EDT 2011 Anonymous This story is one of the biggest lies put forth by the liberal media in recent memory. NOBODY booed the soldier. When he introduced himself as a gay soldier not one person booed..A few booed the QUESTION, More....
10483 Thu Oct 13 12:43:18 EDT 2011 Sue Christiansen COME ON REPUBLICANS, GROW UP!! I AM VIOLENTLY OPPOSED TO ALL OF YOUR POLICIES!
10482 Thu Oct 13 12:43:18 EDT 2011 Sue Christiansen COME ON REPUBLICANS, GROW UP!! I AM VIOLENTLY OPPOSED TO ALL OF YOUR POLICIES!
10481 Thu Oct 13 12:43:18 EDT 2011 Sue Christiansen COME ON REPUBLICANS, GROW UP!! I AM VIOLENTLY OPPOSED TO ALL OF YOUR POLICIES!
10480 Wed Oct 12 22:02:31 EDT 2011 Daniel Dornbrook The booing of this brave soldier was cowardly and un-American! Shame on you, Republicans! Shame on you!
10479 Wed Oct 12 15:53:48 EDT 2011 James Stewart The actions of those cheering deaths and booing soldiers is despicable and makes me fearful of Republicans. It's as if America is moving towards fascism. I myself was a gay soldier, and I feel like I'm More....
10478 Wed Oct 12 15:53:25 EDT 2011 James Stewart The actions of those cheering deaths and booing soldiers is despicable and makes me fearful of Republicans. It's as if America is moving towards fascism. I myself was a gay soldier, and I feel like I'm More....
10477 Wed Oct 12 09:18:06 EDT 2011 cara harris
10476 Tue Oct 11 23:52:36 EDT 2011 Michelle Fortune As a teacher, accountability is an important and difficult lesson I spend a lifetime on with students. I hope you will take accountability for this, to remind kids that everyone can still learn from their More....
10475 Tue Oct 11 20:34:39 EDT 2011 Karen Ratajczak
10474 Tue Oct 11 20:33:54 EDT 2011 Karen Ratajczak
10473 Mon Oct 10 21:43:57 EDT 2011 Joseph Payne
10472 Mon Oct 10 11:37:41 EDT 2011 Kevon Zehner Serving your country, gay or straight, one should be respected. What a disgraceful display that night by the audience and by the Republicans on stage for their silence.
10471 Mon Oct 10 11:04:18 EDT 2011 Richard Kitchen
10470 Sun Oct 09 22:03:51 EDT 2011 Ben Stuart
10469 Sun Oct 09 13:22:56 EDT 2011 Turner Jr. McCullough As a retired Army veteran, medically disabled, I find the conduct of the audience insufferable. That you were present for this insult and chose not to defend the honor and integrity of the American military More....
10468 Sat Oct 08 21:00:09 EDT 2011 Julie Pousson Our combat veterans should never face public denigration, and you should apologize to our service members for your silent agreement with this disrespect. Our armed forces are the best of us...and if you More....
10467 Sat Oct 08 19:47:14 EDT 2011 Michelle Nemeh It is about HUMAN RIGHTS.
10466 Sat Oct 08 14:38:21 EDT 2011 Lynda Bagot-Parker Racists, sexists, and homophobes could be descriptive of too many members of Congress. How disturbing!
10465 Fri Oct 07 15:11:32 EDT 2011 David Hardy
10464 Fri Oct 07 00:40:14 EDT 2011 Ramon Torres
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