"Don't ask, don't tell" foes press US Sen. Brown

November 13, 2010

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BOSTON—Critics of the "don't ask, don't tell" law barring gay soldiers from serving openly plan to pressure U.S. senators, including Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, to change the law.

The Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay rights group, says they'll take out newspaper ads and ask their supporters to call senators in the coming week.

The group has launched a campaign in eight states, including Massachusetts, in hopes of securing the votes needed to repeal the law.

The group is also using social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook to get their message out.

"Don't ask, don't tell" was imposed by a 1993 law intended as a compromise between President Bill Clinton, who wanted to lift the ban on gays entirely, and a reluctant Congress and military that said doing so would threaten order.