Radical/Progressive Queer News and Commentary
from Memphis, Tennessee
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
Congressional leaders and the White House have worked out a compromise that will allow Congress to repeal the military's anti-gay "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, but allow the military until the end of the year to finish its review of how to implement the new policy.
The Democratic Congress and the Obama administration have been under increasing political pressure from gay activists to fulfill their promise to repeal DADT, while the military has been trying to get more time to "study" the policy and the effects of lifting DADT on military personnel.
The compromise has received mixed responses from gay activists, since the compromise, to be offered as an amendment to a defense authorization bill, would not immediately end discharges of gay and lesbian soldiers and would not end DADT until next year.
The military has been "studying" gays in the military for over 50 years. There is no need for more studies.
The military is supposed to be under civilian control, answerable to the Executive Branch. President Obama, the Commander-in-Chief, should issue an executive order immediately to stop discharges and the military should be ordered to replace DADT with a non-discrimination policy that protects the rights of LGBT people to serve in the U.S. military free from harassment and discrimination.