Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Any News is Good News on DADT

This is dreadful and will ruin the fibers of America (heavy on the sarcasm):

Congressional negotiators and White House officials are moving forward with plans to add the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell to the upcoming defense authorization bill, Democratic sources tell the Huffington Post.

In Congress, members are being whipped to ensure that the votes will be there for passage, should the legislation be placed in the bill. At this juncture, aides say, the prospects look good. Meanwhile, a source close to the White House says the president has instructed the Defense Department that he believes the repeal of DADT should be placed in the authorization bill.

However, disagreements could emerge when it comes to crafting the actual legislative language, over which Defense Secretary Robert Gates will wield his influence. And at this juncture, few of the offices working on the issue said they were willing to take passage as a fait accompli.

"People have said publicly and privately that this is a good place for repeal to be placed," said one Democratic aide on the Hill. "It would be reasonable to expect that repeal might be in this year's defense authorization... But we aren't assuming anything yet."

If repeal of DADT is added to the defense authorization bill, critics of the program will view it as a long-overdue move. The initial law, in which members of the military weren't asked about their sexuality nor allowed to serve openly, was passed as part of the defense authorization for FY1994. Since then, a delicate balance -- which no particular side of the debate appreciated -- has been the law of the land. As a result, thousands of military personnel have hidden their sexuality from their superiors and even more have been dismissed for making their sexuality public.

Lt. Dan Choi has been one of the major figures in demanding the repeal of this awful policy over the year. His appearances on Rachel Maddow and his "Knights Out" organization has truly brought light to the subject. It is nice to see that Congress is addressing this issue and placing it in the authorization bill which will make it particularly difficult to navigate against for most politicians. Why do they hate our troops so much? Let's hope this gets the push it deserves.

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