Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell Now

There may be hope that we’re finally moving in the right direction here.  Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand wrote the following article.

dont ask Since 1994, almost 13,000 gay servicemen and women have been discharged from the military based not on their performance but on their sexual orientation. In 2009 alone, we've had more than 400 of our brave men and women leave the military under Don't Ask Don't Tell. This is simply unacceptable. It is time to repeal this outdated and immoral policy once and for all and end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly and honestly in our armed forces.

To that end, I've secured the commitment from Senator Carl Levin, Chair of the Armed Services Committee, to hold the first hearing on the policy since it began 16 years ago. Chairman Levin expects to hold the hearing soon and it's my hope that it will be instrumental in demonstrating the level of support that exists for repeal not only throughout the country -- where polls consistently indicate that solid majorities oppose the policy -- but within the military itself.

I'm happy to see that, as the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing approaches, there are signs of momentum building toward repeal.

On September 24, Majority Leader Harry Reid sent letters to the president and Secretary Gates reiterating his support for repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and requesting their recommendations to Congress on the policy. I agree with Senator Reid. I know the president opposes DADT, and I am confident he and his administration will work to engage Congressional and military leaders in this debate...

Inserted from <Huffington Post>

Our military has already lost far too many talented people in these witch hunts.  Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity has no place in a free society, so I urge you all to support not only the repeal of don’t ask, don’t tell, but also the passage of ENDA to end discrimination in the workplace.


the walking man said...

Should have been done and could still be done by executive order. I am pretty tired of the term sexual orientation constantly taking the little minded people into someone's bedroom.

Infidel753 said...

The government has also discharged many interpreters who speak Middle Eastern languages for being gay, even though this is a skill in desperately short supply.

Unfortunately Obama has been more concerned with "reaching out" to the Republicans than with making practical use of the huge mandate he and his party received in 2006 and 2008. Rick Warren at the inaugural was an early warning sign, and I have yet to be convinced that he's really wised up.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

The walking man is right. The President could halt these discharges tomorrow with the sweep of his pen. Granted, for it to carry over past his presidency, Congress needs to pass a law. But for now, the President can stop the bleeding. At a time when we're fighting 2 wars, we just can't afford to lose anybody.

TomCat said...

Everyone I agree.