Radical/Progressive Queer News and Commentary
from Memphis, Tennessee
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Lifting Don't Ask, Don't Tell--Don't Hold Your Breath!
President Obama renewed his pledge to work to end the military's anti-gay "Don't, Ask, Don't Tell" policy in his State of the Union speech. While most Americans support lifting the ban, the military, Republicans, and a few Democrats are working to keep it, or at least slow down the process of ending it.
The real problem will be the DEMOCRATS chairing the committees that will be reviewing the policy.
Two lawmakers with considerable sway over defense matters — and whether a repeal will initially be part of the fiscal year 2011 defense budget — are House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.).