US Lawmakers Urge Gates to Allow Sikhs [to] Serve US Army

July 21, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Times of India

Two US lawmakers have written a "dear colleague" letter asking other Congressmen to write to the US defence secretary to allow Sikh youths to serve in the military with their turban.

"We are writing to request that you join us in signing the attached letter that we are sending to Secretary (Robert) Gates regarding a fundamental issue of fairness, justice, and religious freedom: the right of Sikh Americans to abide by their religious articles of faith while serving in the United States Armed Forces," wrote Congressmen Rodney Frelinghuysen and Carolyn Maloney in a dear colleague letter.