Sunday, September 20, 2009

Patrick Murphy in Parade Magazine

True confession -- I read the questions in Parade Magazine every Sunday (it's that glossy magazine tucked in with the ads that come with the Philadelphia Inquirer). Politics doesn't show up there very often but today it did, and one of our own was mentioned. Someone wrote in to ask the status of "don't ask, don't tell" and the answer quoted Congressman Patrick Murphy. Here's the Q&A:

Q What’s the latest on the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy?—Sue Powers, Boston, Mass.

A Opposition to gays serving openly remains persistent—especially, insiders say, in the military’s top ranks. But Rep. Patrick Murphy (D., Pa.), the first Iraq War veteran in Congress, is a leading proponent of overturning the Pentagon’s 1993 policy. He tells us: “I’m a straight, Irish-Catholic, former altar boy of the year. But I’m fighting so hard on this because we’re implementing this wrongful policy at a time when we need every qualified man and woman to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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