Wednesday, November 3, 2010

President Obama: DADT Repeal Possible in Lame Duck Session



The back and forth swing of DADT is being pushed once again, as the newly elected midterm officials take office. It seems the controversial and highly unfair “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy is about to hit another brick wall.

The DADT policy has been a roller coaster that many in the LGBT community have been riding heavily, especially in the last two months. In September California Judge Virginia A. Phillips ruled DADT unconstitutional. The Pentagon in October then ordered all Military branches to cease enforcing the policy and allow openly gay and lesbians to enlist. In November, The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in staying the injunction of judge Phillips, returned the policy to its original state. Now, the President and those (many who are high ranking military officials) that are in favor of repealing the law, are planning to push its repeal through the "Lame Duck" session, scheduled for when Congress resumes on November 15, 2010.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid who is said to have held up the passage of the repeal of DADT in September,  said today:
The problem we have with the defense authorization bill is that it takes a while to get done," he said. "If we can get some agreement from the Republicans that we can move the bill without a lot of extraneous amendments, I think it's something we could work out. That would be my goal.
He did not however seem hopeful, warning that it would be a tough squeeze. It will be even harder now that the Republicans have control of the House, and Nancy Pelosi is no longer Speaker.

This is very disturbing news to those that are still valiantly and steadfastly, serving our nation. Where is the due process? Where is the reciprocal patriotism that these brave men and women deserve? Does their sexual orientation dictate that they are any less deserving of equal rights than those they fight side by side with? I don’t think so.

I was up all night, watching as the votes came pouring in. Many of my buddies wept as they saw the results. Some of whom,  I have never seen, because they are gay and lesbian in the Military.. They dare not run the risk of being outed, even accidentally. Some like myself, gave others  encouragement and hope. So many service members have fears now about having come out during the Pentagon's “ Gays can enlist openly now”. What happens to them now, after so many years of dedicated service?  It is time for America to learn to tear down the walls of inequality in this country. More than 29 nations have torn down the wall of banning gays and lesbians. It’s our turn. The rest of the walls will follow. I’m sure of that.





President Obama, who has vowed to end DADT on his watch, has said it will be done by the end of this year. In his first interview question on DADT since the midterm elections, President Obama stated:
Those who wish to serve the nation in uniform “should not be prevented from doing so because of their sexual orientation

I couldn’t agree more. Lets hope he keeps his word.

2 comments:

  1. We will make it as long as we keep fighting! Progress is slow, but it was the same with The Civil Rights Movement. Thanks again Stone for keeping abreast of the current state of affairs concerning the LGBT community!

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  2. Without a doubt. It may take some time to get through the setbacks, but those are inevitable when fighting for civil rights. The important thing is not to give up hope or on the fight for equality.

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