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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10463 Thu Oct 06 14:56:21 EDT 2011 Thomas Wilson This incident shows very clearly that none of these people are qualified leaders. Really gives you something to think about.
10462 Thu Oct 06 10:24:19 EDT 2011 Dustin Boruff
10461 Wed Oct 05 13:12:37 EDT 2011 Anonymous
10460 Wed Oct 05 13:09:47 EDT 2011 Claeyssen Lindsey
10459 Wed Oct 05 08:59:54 EDT 2011 Devin Waldron
10458 Tue Oct 04 20:43:43 EDT 2011 Anonymous "If you do not love your brother whom ye have seen, how can you love God whom ye have not seen."
10457 Tue Oct 04 20:17:19 EDT 2011 John Probst
10456 Tue Oct 04 19:38:24 EDT 2011 Shawanza Turner I do NOT expect nor will I accept an unsincere "I'm sorry" from the GOP crowd! This is another example of how the GOP are "pitting" the average American against each other! Their objective is " if we More....
10455 Tue Oct 04 19:12:54 EDT 2011 Charlie Gillmer
10454 Tue Oct 04 15:26:10 EDT 2011 Dustin J. McIntee How can you wax poetically about your support for the military and the sacrifices of soldiers, and then abandon an individual who served that same military when he is being ridiculed by the ignorant masses More....
10453 Tue Oct 04 14:59:06 EDT 2011 Luke Niebler
10452 Tue Oct 04 14:48:59 EDT 2011 margo martin Love one another... how many ways are there to say this?????
10451 Tue Oct 04 14:30:48 EDT 2011 Thomas Hawk
10450 Tue Oct 04 13:10:18 EDT 2011 Mark Hayward
10449 Tue Oct 04 11:47:21 EDT 2011 Hal Skelton
10448 Tue Oct 04 11:09:25 EDT 2011 Nancy Leverett "Qui tacet consentit" (silence implies consent). "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing" (Edmund Burke). Speak up! Defend the honor of the men and More....
10447 Tue Oct 04 10:29:23 EDT 2011 Anonymous To the people who booed an American soldier and the candidates running for the presidency who remained silent during this outburst is a quote from Ella Wheeler Wilcox..."To sin by silence when we should More....
10446 Tue Oct 04 10:29:07 EDT 2011 loretta paparella To the people who booed an American soldier and the candidates running for the presidency who remained silent during this outburst is a quote from Ella Wheeler Wilcox..."To sin by silence when we should More....
10445 Tue Oct 04 10:27:37 EDT 2011 loretta paparella To the people who booed an American soldier and the candidates running for the presidency who remained silent during this outburst is a quote from Ella Wheeler Wilcox..."To sin by silence when we should More....
10444 Tue Oct 04 10:26:42 EDT 2011 loretta paparella To the people who booed an American soldier and the candidates running for the presidency who remained silent during this outburst is a quote from Ella Wheeler Wilcox..."To sin by silence when we should More....
10443 Tue Oct 04 10:25:56 EDT 2011 loretta paparella To the people who booed an American soldier and the candidates running for the presidency who remained silent during this outburst is a quote from Ella Wheeler Wilcox..."To sin by silence when we should More....
10442 Tue Oct 04 10:24:51 EDT 2011 loretta paparella To the people who booed an American soldier and the candidates running for the presidency who remained silent during this outburst is a quote from Ella Wheeler Wilcox..."To sin by silence when we should More....
10441 Tue Oct 04 10:07:17 EDT 2011 Anonymous
10440 Tue Oct 04 09:59:46 EDT 2011 Lynne Berry The word is out....GOP candidates don't DARE to defend a soldier in uniform against a mob of partisan bigots. Nothing you can say or do will erase your shame.
10439 Tue Oct 04 09:45:52 EDT 2011 Michael Tackaberry
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