Discharged Gay Vet Arrested at Sen. McCain's Office Today After Refusing To Leave
First Class Petty Officer Lonnie Allen Howard-Stidham and four activists were there to demand the Sen. support repeal of DADT
PHOENIX, AZ - Earlier today First Class Petty Officer Lonnie Allen Howard-Stidham was arrested along with four HERO (Human & Equal Rights Organizers) activists--Meg Sneed, Jimmy Gruender, Luisa Valdez and Lee Walters--after refusing to leave Sen. John McCain's Phoenix office. They were there to demand that Senator McCain stand behind his 2006 promise that he would listen to the advice of Military Commanders on when to repeal Don't Ask Don't Tell. When denied a meeting with Sen. McCain to discuss the repeal Officer Howard-Stidham and his friends refused to leave. All five were arrested and then cited and released on their own recognizance.
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