Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Repeal of "DADT" Heating Up

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Just In: Finally some hopeful news on “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" (DADT).
Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-Pa., an Iraq war veteran, is expected
to introduce a legislative proposal Today to repeal "DADT". There may
be a congressional vote as early as this Thursday. If this passes the
Pentagon will continue its review of how to implement the new
policy but it should end most of the harm on our LGBT community
serving in the military. Hopefully a ceasefire moratorium will be set.
"Without a repeal vote by Congress this year, the Pentagon's hands are
tied & the armed forces will be forced to continue adhering to the
discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' law." said HRC, Joe Solmonese.
The White House had tried to delay lawmakers until Pentagon
officials had completed their study which could have dragged on for
months, even years. When administration officials realized they
couldn’t stop Congress in its effort to repeal the ban, they invited
LGBT rights activists to the White House to work on a compromise
yesterday. "The proposed amendment will allow for completion of
the comprehensive review, enable the Department of Defense to
assess the results of the review & ensure that the implementation
of the repeal is consistent with standards of military readiness,
effectiveness, unit cohesion, recruiting and retention," budget chief
Peter Orszag wrote in letters to Murphy & Sen. Joe Lieberman of
Connecticut & Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the three Democrats
leading the push for repeal. Updates to Come…:)

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