Because the state of Iowa is so truly dedicated to the freedom and rights of our citizens, Because a person’s choice to love can be regulated by no government, Because there is no greater service than that of those who offer themselves in service to their community, state, and nation, Because Iowa law protects Iowans from discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation, To the Iowa General Assembly and The Governor of the State of Iowa: Please defend the rights of Iowans by not enforcing the policy referred to as “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in the Iowa National Guard and actively fight for the rights of Iowans by challenging the federal government on their discriminatory policy. Open a new front on the war against discrimination by fighting discrimination as a state. The National Guard is an entity of Iowa, and the federal government cannot be allowed to force our state to perpetuate discrimination. The Constitution of the United States renders upon the states the sole right to appoint members to the militia, the Iowa National Guard. Although the Constitution allows the federal government to regulate the "discipline" of the militia, we cannot allow a person's sexual orientation to be "disciplined."